First woman Marine One pilot wraps up tour of duty
The first female pilot of Marine One — Major Jennifer Grieves — wrapped up her last day of duty Thursday with a special tribute — an all-woman crew.
Grieves, of Glendale, Arizona, flew President Obama from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base for his trip to New Jersey and New York, where he spoke at rallies for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and addressed the centennial celebration of the NAACP.
Grieves was designated the helicopter aircraft commander of Marine One in May 2008 and has flown Obama and former President George W. Bush on numerous occasions, the White House said.
Grieves reported for duty to Marine Helicopter Squadron One in October 2005, the second female pilot assigned to the unit.
In honor of her accomplishment, Marine One flew with an all-woman crew on Thursday.
Major Jennifer Marino of Palisade, Colorado, was the co-pilot. Sergeant Rachael A. Sherman of Traverse City, Michigan, was crew chief.
Marino was the third woman pilot assigned to the squadron and was designated a White House Aircraft Commander in February 2009. She has another two years of duty.
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Grieves lands her last flight at the White House Thursday)