Civil Air Patrol

Female Blackhawk Pilot Shares Experiences with Milwaukee Cadets

Photo by Lt. Col. Steve Michaels - Captain Luella Dooley-Menet, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, speaks with the Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 cadets about her experiences.

Photo by Lt. Col. Steve Michaels – Captain Luella Dooley-Menet, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, speaks with the Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 cadets about her experiences.

Oak Creek–Captain Luella Dooley-Menet, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, who spent 13 years in the Army National Guard, encouraged cadets at Civil Air Patrol, Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5’s June 6th meeting to follow their dreams.

The Captain spoke of enlisting in the North Dakota National guard in 1999 as a refueler.   When she moved to Wisconsin, she joined the Wisconsin National Guard and eventually was commissioned an officer through Marquette University’s ROTC program, while pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration.  In 2007, Dooley-Menet attended flight school at Fort Rucker.  Most recently, she commanded a Medical Evacuation Detachment as part of Kosovo Force.  Her unit was responsible for providing MEDEVAC support to troops serving on the KFOR 15 rotation at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. 

Capt. Dooley-Menet’s much publicized last flight as a Black Hawk medevac helicopter pilot with the Wisconsin Army National Guard was also the first such flight with an all-female crew.  The flight took place on February 1st and she retired from the National Guard a month later..

Dooley-Menet now works for American Transmission Company, where she is responsible for communicating to the public and media about ATC’s projects and operations.

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