Recently, Retired Air Force Colonel, Angie Faulise, spoke to Dr. Jim Lee’s Aviation II class. Colonel Faulise was one of America’s first female fighter jet pilots, advancing to the supersonic T-38. Dr. Lee expressed his gratitude to Colonel Faulise for sharing the wisdom and national treasure that resides in the experience of the female veteran.
Because of her proven track record of aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and giftedness to teach, Colonel Faulise advanced to instructing student pilots in the T-38 Talon, a high-performance, supersonic training aircraft. Following that assignment, she joined her husband flying the C-141 Starlifter, deploying to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. This aircraft provided transportation for cargo and passengers to all seven continents, supporting peacetime and wartime missions.
Colonel Faulise was the first lady squadron commander for the 8th Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base in Washington. Her staff and school tours included Air Force Legislative Liaison at the Pentagon; working with the Combat Air Forces and the Republic of Korea Air Force during a remote tour in Korea; Transportation Command Division Chief, planning and executing worldwide movement of troops and material for all of the Department of Defense. Throughout her career, she maintained focus and continued to pursue excellence in education. Colonel Faulise earned three master’s degrees from Air War College, Naval War College, and National War College. She retired as a colonel in 2006 to be a full-time wife and mother.
Female pilots are not given any “free passes” - they have to perform, physically, to the same degree as their male counterpoints. Colonel Faulise, when speaking about her time in the sky and serving our country, shares a common purpose with male pilots, but a slightly different perspective as she paved the way for future female aviators. Whether flying a commercial airplane or a fighter jet, the details matter. Courage, diligence, humility, confidence, discipline, boldness, and opportunity are what promote an aviator out of the classroom and into the sky.
Thank you, Colonel Faulise, for your service to our country and your uplifting words of expertise and encouragement to our Landmark Christian School Aviation Academy students.