First Aerial Female Gunner

The Air Force's 66th Rescue Squadron has its first female…

The Air Force’s 66th Rescue Squadron has its first female aerial gunner, Airman 1st Class Natasha Libby.

Airman 1st Class Natasha Libby, stands next to an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Libby is the only female among more than 30 gunners assigned to the squadron.

Libby, the younger of two children, bore great responsibility growing up and working on her family’s farm in Yakima, Wash. After graduating from East Valley High School in 2010, Libby said, she realized she couldn’t afford college. She found a job at a sandwich shop, where she worked for 11 months. During that time, an Army recruiter contacted her about joining.


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  • john doe

    This is a lie. Our squadron had our first female gunner years ago. Funny how they don’t mention the airforce no longer has aerial gunners. Or that there are already other female special mission aviators and hh60 pilots. Not to mention that she keeps puking on her training flights…