Civil Air Patrol

Following her dreams, female pilot has successful career

By Lt. Col. Steve Michaels – Lieutenant Colonel Paige Augustino, a pilot for Milwaukee’s 128th Air Refueling Group, speaks to cadets at Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 encouraging them to go for their dreams.

Oak Creek, Wis.—Lieutenant Colonel Paige Augustino had almost given up on a flying career.  That was not a job for girls she was told while growing up.

Augustino, a pilot with Milwaukee’s 128th Air Refueling Group, encouraged cadets at Civil Air Patrol, Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5’s September 27th meeting to follow their dreams.  She recounted her difficulties with the gender barrier and her rewarding experiences since then, flying all over the world.

She will complete 26 years in the Air National Guard this December, 14 years in a cockpit.  This past May she was the project officer for the Group’s Open House at Milwaukee’s General Billy Mitchell International Airport.

Members and parents learned about the Refueling Group’s aircraft and missions and the varied work of the men and women assigned to the unit.

During a promotion ceremony held after her talk, Augustino assisted in pinning Cadet Alexander Kisley’s first stripe on his collar.

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