America’s First African-American Female Combat Pilot Speaks to 222,256 Students at 333 Colleges Nationwide

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Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African-American female combat pilot is the featured speaker in a broadcast event sponsored by Texas A & M Commerce chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success.

The featured speaker in a broadcast event sponsored by Texas A & M Commerce chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success.

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African-American female combat pilot is the featured speaker in a broadcast event sponsored by Texas A & M Commerce chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. The event will be web streamed live on October 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm CST – 7:40 pm CST from the host school of Texas A & M Commerce to all 333 chapters nationwide.

As the first event of the 2012-2013 multi-speaker series sponsored by the Society, her presentation “Who Needs A Runway? Take Off From Where You Are!” will focus on how people can accomplish their life’s mission to be authentically who they are with bravery, clarity and power. After two tours in Iraq, FlyGirl now inspires others to transform their fear to fuel utilizing her proven 7-step battle-tested method for accomplishing goals that matter.

FlyGirl is the author of Zero to Breakthrough, and she will show attendees how to go from “zero to breakthrough” and create a personal flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to help win on the battlefield of life. Viewers will hear how to go from settling to getting what they want. Also, FlyGirl will share her formula to re-engage in life by learning to review, recharge and re-attack. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR, and much more.

The Society speaker series, which reaches more than 333 college campuses and 222,556 students each month during the academic year, is designed to support The National Society of Leadership and Success’s overall mission of building leaders who make a better world.

About The National Society of Leadership and Success
The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded in 2001 to continue the leadership development of college students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment, as well as to cultivate their continued success beyond college. As of today, The National Society of Leadership and Success provides these stellar attributes to over 222,556 members nationwide and to over 333 active college chapters who embody the mission and serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world. http://www.societyleadership.org

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Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

Vernice “FlyGirl” Amour knows a little something about focus, commitment, and defying the odds. She became an officer in the Marine Corps at age 24 and three years later became America's first African-American female combat pilot. Vernice has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR, and much more. She is the author of Zero to Breakthrough. FlyGirl will show you how to accomplish your life’s mission to be authentically who you are with bravery, clarity, and power. Learn how to transform your fear to fuel utilizing FlyGirl’s proven 7-step battle-tested method for accomplishing goals that matter.

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour is a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps who was the first African-American female naval aviator in the Marine Corps and America's first African-American female combat pilot in the United States military. She flew the AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopter in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and eventually served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 1993, while a student at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Armour enlisted in the Army Reserves and later the Army ROTC. In 1996, she took time off from college to become a Nashville police officer (her childhood dream). She became the first female African-American on the motorcycle squad.

Armour graduated from MTSU in 1997. In 1998, she became the first African American female to serve as a police officer in Tempe, AZ, before joining the U.S. Marines as an Officer Candidate in October 1998.

Commissioned a Second Lieutenant on Dec. 12, 1998, Armour was sent to flight school at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas and later Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL. Earning her wings in July 2001, Armour was not only number one in her class of twelve; she was number one among the last two hundred graduates. She became the Marine Corps' first African-American female pilot.

In March 2003, she flew with HMLA-169 during the invasion of Iraq becoming America's first African-American female combat pilot. She completed two combat tours in the Gulf. Afterwards, she was assigned to the Manpower and Reserve Affairs Equal Opportunity Branch as program liaison officer. Leaving the Marine Corps in June 2007, Armour began a career as a professional speaker and expert on creating breakthroughs in life.

In 2011, her book Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter was published.

For more information about Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, visit her website at http://www.vernicearmour.com

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