Community — 31 August 2012
CABLE to Host Tennessee Native Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

NASHVILLE, TN — Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour is known to most as America’s  first African-American female combat pilot – a woman who once  ew above the deserts of Iraq in her missile-equipped attack helicopter and who now travels across the country inspiring others to engage their potential.

But, before her remarkable journey, FlyGirl was simply a Tennessee girl with big dreams. A graduate of John Overton High School and Middle Tennessee State University, the former Nashville police officer returns to her hometown in September to share her story with the members of the CABLE women’s networking organization – a group dedicated to connecting women and opportunity.

Armour will speak at CABLE’s monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 11:30 a.m., at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Members of the media and the public are invited to attend. With the anniversary of Sept. 11 on the horizon, the timing is perfect. Many in Tennessee will be focused on the seless service of those in our military and police and fire force. Armour’s appearance is assured to offer inspirational insight into the challenges and successes of those who protect us and serve as an ideal opportunity to spotlight the heroic achievements of local military men and women.

“Vernice ‘FlyGirl’ Armour’s message is one that resonates with women of all ages – anything is possible if you believe in yourself,” CABLE president Jeri Hasselbring said. “As business women, we oen don’t take the time to focus on our personal goals for growth because we are too caught up in the day-to-day minutia. CABLE is honored to host Armour at our September luncheon and, in observance of September 11, we’re looking forward to recognizing the heroes in our community who have fullled their personal dream of serving our country.” By the age of 4, Armour knew she wanted to be a police officer – one that rode a horse. She received her first pony on the Christmas following her fourth birthday, and her dream quickly started to have a foundation in reality. In 1991, she graduated from John Overton High School.

In 1993, the future combat pilot enlisted in the Army Reserves, and in the fall semester joined the Army ROTC program while enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University. During an Army ROTC career day, Armour saw the image of a young black female in an Army ight suit. “Now why didn’t I think of that!” was her first thought. Armour then pursued a career in the armed services, following in the military boot steps of both her dads: Clarence Jackson, a former Marine, who married Vernice’s mother Authurine, and her father, Gaston C. Armour Jr. of Chicago, a retired major in the U.S. Army Reserves.

After a brief stint as a Nashville Sheri’s Department correction officer, Armour took time o from college to join the Nashville Police Academy; she graduated as a police officer in December 1996. She then graduated from MTSU in December 1997.

The Marine Corps commissioned Armour as a Second Lieutenant on Dec. 12, 1998. She earned her wings in July 2001 and went on to become the first African-American female combat pilot. After flight school, Armour was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near San Diego, CA, piloting the AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter.

She flew above the deserts of Iraq in her missile equipped attack helicopter, engaging the enemy and scouting the roads from her cockpit. She completed two combat tours of duty in the Gulf. After returning home, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just didn’t know how. From her experiences, she created a seven step process called the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Plan.

Armour now travels extensively in order to create a global movement based on the Breakthrough Mentality mindset. All members of the media are invited to the Sept. 12 CABLE luncheon to hear Armour speak. If you are interested in attending, please contact Camara Randolph at 615-418-0532 or camara@crosschannelmarket. com

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