President Obama nominates Major General Stayce Harris to be promoted to Lieutenant General and become the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of the Air Staff for the U.S. Air Force.
If appointed, she will be the first African American woman to ever serve as Lieutenant General for the U.S. Air Force. Talk about #BlackGirlMagic!
Major General Stayce Harris graduated with a B.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1981. She received a commission through USC’s ROTC program.
With an impressive 34 year military career, she is currently serving as Commander of the Air Force Reserve’s 22nd Division at the Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia. It seems as if her life is destined to be where she is. The daughter of an Air Force technical sergeant, she grew up moving every few years.
In high school, she began to think of her own career in the Air Force and was awarded an Air Force ROTC scholarship to USC. In her freshman year, an ROTC instructor encouraged her to complete for the pilot program.
“It was an ‘aha’ moment because this was the first time the Air Force was allowing women in college to apply for pilot training,” Harris says. Women and minorities are historically underrepresented among military pilots. When Stayce Harris began her flight training, she was one of the first African American female pilots. With the challenges came important lessons.
“A lot of life lessons that I have had, I learned them early,” she says “and I am grateful. You have to trust in yourself and be persistent in your goals no matter what others may think.”
Major General Harris has made it on talent, despite all sorts of biases. We salute you! What do you think about having a career in the U.S. Air Force?