Pinning on her wings

Lt. Jeanine Menze, the first female, black pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard places a set of wings on Lt. j.g. La’Shanda Holmes, who became the first black female Coast Guard helicopter pilot during the Apr. 9 winging ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Ryan Trespalacios)

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Lt. Jeanine Menze, the first female, black pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard places a set of wings on Lt. j.g. La’Shanda Holmes, who became the first black female Coast Guard helicopter pilot during the Apr. 9 winging ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Ryan Trespalacios)

Lt. Jeanine Menze, the first female, black pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard places a set of wings on Lt. j.g. La’Shanda Holmes, who became the first black female Coast Guard helicopter pilot during the Apr. 9 winging ceremony. The two officers became friends while Holmes was assigned temporarily to Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. Menze was winged in 2005, and Holmes is still just the second black, femaile pilot in the Coast Guard. She will be stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles to fly HH-65 helicopters. U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Ryan Trespalacios.

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