Who Is Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt? First Female CO To Command US Naval Aircraft

Who is Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt

The US Navy announced recently that Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt will be the first the female commanding officer to lead one of the country’s 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The aircraft is named USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72).

Bauernschmidt, who is yet to complete her training in leadership, aviation and nuclear power, will take command of the aircraft the summers of 2021. While expressing her joy over the announcement, Bauernschmidt said, “I am incredibly honoured and humbled to be selected.” She added that she loves leading sailors and that she takes that responsibility extremely seriously.

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Here are five things to know about her:

  • Before becoming the first female commanding officer she was also the first female executive officer on the same aircraft along with one other. She held that position from September 2016 to January 2019
  • Bauernschmidt graduated from United States Naval Academy in May 1994, it was the batch with where women were allowed to serve on combatant ships and aircraft.
  • After graduation, she joined the forces as a naval aviator in 1996 and went on to serve on several helicopters.
  • Previously, Bauernschmidt has commanded the “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 and the transport dock USS San Diego.
  • She belongs to Milwaukee in the Wisconsin state of American and according to her biography, she has spent 3000 flights hours in naval aircraft.
  • Bauernschmidt hopes to be a good leader and mentor to both men and women in the US naval service.

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