La’Shanda Renee Holmes was born in Plainfield, New Jersey back in 1985. Don’t know what the circumstances were but she grew up in foster care. Regardless, she put herself through Spelman College. After graduation, she enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. She was appointed as a White House Fellow in 2015 by President Barack Obama.
In 2015-16, she was the Special Assistant to NASA’s Administrator General Charles F. Bolton. She sits on the board of directors for Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, the Foster Club and Girls Fly. From what I could find she still is with the Coast Guard.
What you may not know about La’Shanda is that she is also a pilot. She was the first African-American female helicopter pilot for the Coast Guard, stationed in Los Angeles she was an Aircraft Commander at Air Station, Los Angeles, she is qualified as a rotary wing air intercept pilot. She has over 2,000 hours of flight hours conducting search and rescue, counter drug, law enforcement and Presidential air-intercept missions. She is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the Coast Guard.
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