She achieved her goals even with the training challenges the Navy faced during Covid-19. She said “ I’m excited to have this opportunity to work harder and fly performance jet aircraft in the fleet. It would’ve been nice to see someone who liked me in this role; I never intended to be the first. I hope it’s encouraging to other people.”
Regardless of the small ceremony, Swegle and the other 25 graduates represent the largest qualifying class strike aircrew in almost a decade, the navy stated.
Qualifiers of the TACAIR program usually go on to fly F/A -18E/F Super Hornets, EA-186 Growlers, or the F-35C joint strike fighters.
Commander of the Naval Air Force Vice Adm. Dewolf “ bullet” Miller III stated that “ Lt. J.G Swegle has joined a select group of people who earned Wings of Gold and answered the call to defend our nation from the air. The diversity of that group – with differences in background, skill, and thought – makes us a strong fighting force.”