‘I just wanted to fly’

Photo credit: Steff Thomas Elosiebo, left, gave advice to young JROTC students who aspire to be where she is today.

Photo credit: Steff Thomas
Elosiebo, left, gave advice to young JROTC students who aspire to be where she is today.

 

 

D.C. National Guard Capt. Dina Elosiebo dreamed only of flying flying since she was six-years-old.

Elosiebo grew up in Memphis, Tennesse, during the 1980s, watching a lot of cartoons. One in particular inspired her to become who she is today, She-ra: Princess of Power.

She-Ra could fly and was the one to save the day in every episode, she said.

“I wanted to be just like She-Ra, I even tried to color my hair with a marker,“ Elosiebo said. “I just wanted to fly.”

Elosiebo’s dreams came true when she graduated from the Army Flight School in 2014. Today she was honored by the Women Vet’s Rock campaign for being the first African American woman to become a pilot in the D.C. National Guard.

Reporting by Steff Thomas