Sarah Deal Burrow
|Born||September 14, 1969|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1992 - present|
Lieutenant Colonel Sarah Deal Burrow, United States Marine Corps, is the first female Marine who selected for Naval aviation training in 1993, and subsequently became the Marine Corps' first female aviator in 1995.
Sarah Deal was born to Richard and Marjorie Deal, in Bowling Green, Ohio on 14 September 1969. The daughter of a Marine, she grew up in Pemberville, Ohio. She was an athlete, participating in cross country, track and basketball, as well as 4H and her church youth group. She also worked on a dairy farm and raised one pig a year she would sell at auction.Deal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace flight technology from Kent State University in 1992.
Deal as commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1992. Though she had already earned her pilot's license while in college, the Marine Corps did not yet have any female aviators. After The Basic School in Quantico, she attended air traffic control school. When U.S. military policy was changed to allow women to fly combat aircraft in 1993, Deal requested to become an aviator. She was selected for training in July 1993. She began her flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola in the T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft. She went on to helicopter training in the TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopter and earned her aviator's wings on April 21, 1995.
- Vernice Armour, first African-American female U.S. Marine Corps aviator (July 2001)
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