Female Blackhawk Pilot Shares Experiences with Milwaukee Cadets
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.