WASHINGTON (WUSA9/Department of Defense) -- Army 1st Lt. Dina Elosiebo has become the first female African American pilot in D.C. Army National Guard history.
We're told she completed Initial Entry Rotary Wing Flight School at Fort Rucker, Ala. and is now a platoon leader with D Company (Air Ambulance), 1-224th Aviation Regiment.
Elosiebo received an academic scholarship from an association chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, say defense officials. The group supported her pursuit of a private pilot's license at the age of 19. She also has worked with and been mentored by some of the Tuskegee Airmen including Herbert Jones. Jones started the first African-American owned airline in the United States.
Officials say Elosiebo is set to make her first flight this week with her aviation unit at Davison Army Airfield, Va.