Lt. Col. Christine Mau is no stranger to making history. She entered the Air Force after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1997, just 4 years after the Combat Exclusion Law was lifted allowing women to fly in combat. She became part of the select community of fighter pilots after pilot training and remains among the small percentage of women who pilot fighter aircraft today. Her combat hours include Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. She led the first combat mission planned, briefed, launched, and flown entirely by women in 2011 while flying the F-15E. She is also the first and only woman to pilot the Department of Defense's newest fighter, the F-35. She has achieved numerous successes as an officer and aviator and today serves as the Deputy Commander of the 33rd Operations Group at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
In this lecture, Lt. Col. Mau will discuss her journey accumulating more than 2,300 hours in the F-15E and F-35A.