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US Navy’s First Black Female Tactical Air Pilot Earns Wings of Gold in Texas

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The U.S. Navy’s first Black female tactical air (TACAIR) pilot received her Wings of Gold July 31, marking a significant milestone for Naval Aviation.

Virginia native Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle was designated a naval aviator and received her Wings of Gold with 25 classmates during a small ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas.

Swegle is assigned to the “Redhawks” of Training Squadron (VT) 21 under Training Air Wing 2 at NAS Kingsville and completed her final undergraduate TACAIR training flight in a T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft July 7. VT-21 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Matthew Maher presented Wings of Gold to each of his graduates during the ceremony.

Amidst the Navy’s response to the global pandemic, instructors and students adjusted to COVID-19 spread mitigation measures including sterilizing surfaces, wearing masks, and social distancing when practical. Despite these challenges, this is the largest graduating class of strike aviators in almost a decade.

Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff oversees all undergraduate flight training from the command headquarters at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.

“We are all incredibly proud of Lt. j.g Swegle and the entire class,” Westendorff said. “This is a wonderful personal achievement but also a testament to their dedication and drive to succeed in the tactical air training pipeline. I wish them all every success at the next level learning to fly our fleet aircraft.” [

A 2017 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Swegle reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command at NAS Pensacola, Florida, where she completed Initial Flight Screening and Aviation Preflight Indoctrination. She completed Primary flight training with the “Boomers” of VT-27 at NAS Corpus Christi, and after selecting the TACAIR, or Strike, pipeline, Swegle progressed to Intermediate and Advanced training with VT-21.

Swegle is part of a new generation of TACAIR pilots to qualify on state-of-the art Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) unique to aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78): the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG). She completed carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast, May 20.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to work harder and fly high performance jet aircraft in the fleet,” Swegle said. “It would’ve been nice to see someone who looked like me in this role; I never intended to be the first. I hope it’s encouraging to other people.”

Chief of Legislative Affairs Rear Adm. Sara Joyner, a career naval aviator, served as guest speaker for the ceremony via teleconference.

“I’m incredibly proud of Lt. j.g. Swegle and her classmates and am excited to welcome them all to the fleet,” Joyner said. “There’s more work to do to make sure that we recruit, train and retain a diverse force that represents the best and brightest of this nation. Everything in Naval Aviation requires teamwork, and you will be judged by your professionalism, demonstrated capability, and leadership.”

Swegle and her classmates will advance to graduate-level flight training at their respective fleet replacement squadrons. Specific platform selection for the TACAIR training pipeline (F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, or F-35C Lightning II) typically occurs shortly before the winging ceremony. Swegle will report to the “Vikings” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 at NAS Whidbey Island in Washington to begin training as an EA-18G Growler pilot. VAQ-129 trains new naval aviators, naval flight officers, and naval aircrewmen in electronic warfare tactics, techniques, and procedures in preparation for their fleet assignments.

Swegle follows in the footsteps of Brenda E. Robinson, the Navy’s first African American female naval aviator. Robinson earned her Wings of Gold June 6, 1980 and was the 42nd woman to be designated a naval aviator.

“Lt. j.g. Swegle has proven to be a courageous trailblazer,” Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. DeWolfe “Bullet” Miller III said. “She has joined a select group of people who earned Wings of Gold and answered the call to defend our nation from the air. The diversity of that group—with differences in background, skill and thought—makes us a stronger fighting force.”

Chief of Naval Air Training trains the world’s finest combat quality aviation professionals, delivering them at the right time, in the right numbers, and at the right cost to a naval force that is where it matters, when it matters.

For more news from Chief of Naval Air Training, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnatra/ or www.cnatra.navy.mil. Get more information about the Navy from U.S. Navy facebook or twitter.

(U.S. Navy video by Austin Rooney/released)

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Detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez Solve A Horrific John Doe Case on TV One’s Hit Show ATL HOMICIDE

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(SILVER SPRING, MD) — TV One’s hit true-crime show ATL HOMICIDE airs on Monday, February 22 at 9 P.M. ET/8C. In this episode, David Quinn and Vince Velazquez recount the botched robbery of a young Hispanic male whose story involves several members of Atlanta’s criminal underworld. After months of hitting dead ends, the detectives receive intel that an unlikely teen duo are the prime suspects and have been bragging about several crimes that were committed in that span of time. Can the detectives link them to the death of the murder victim?

In each episode, thirty-year Atlanta PD veteran Detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez recount their past homicide investigations of Atlanta in their quest to put heinous murderers behind bars. Real-life interviews are paired with dramatic recreations from actors Angelo Diaz as David Quinn and Christopher Diaz as Vince Velazquez. 

In addition to the weekly episodes, Quinn and Velazquez give viewers tips on how to think like a detective and solve cases in exclusive ATL HOMICIDE: AT HOME clips segments available across social platforms via @tvone.

ATL HOMICIDE is produced for TV One by Wide Net Productions and Jupiter Entertainment. Executive Producers for Wide Net Productions are Rob Kerr and Sedg Tourison. For Jupiter Entertainment, Allison Wallach serves as Executive Producer and Rudolf Fischmann is Supervising Producer. For TV One, Susan Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX

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CLEO TV serves up a second helping of quick and savory gourmet on the next episode of NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX, hosted by acclaimed chef Jernard Wells, airing Saturday, February 13 at 9:30 P.M. ET/8:30C. Chef Jernard’s weekly cooking demonstrations provide healthy alternatives to viewers’ favorite classic dishes. 

The classic Chicken Cordon Bleu has taken on new life with Jernard’s New School Chicken Cordon Bleu with steamed asparagus topped with honey mustard and tarragon sauce. In true NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX fashion, the dishes are made with health-conscious ingredients without sacrificing flavor.

NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX is produced by Powerhouse Productions, with Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead serving as Executive Producers. For CLEO TV, Susan Henry and Gold Morgan serve as Executives in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about CLEO TV visit www.mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtags #NEWSOULKITCHEN and #CLEOTV.



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TV ONE CELEBRATES THE REPRESENT BLACK LOVE CAMPAIGN WITH SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY CONTENT

Network Continues Black History Month Programming With UNSUNG Specials and Focus on the Future Black Leaders of the New Civil Rights Movement

TV One celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special “REPRESENT BLACK LOVE” lineup featuring classic movies and shows. On Sunday, February 14 starting at 6 a.m./5C, the network air a special marathon of A DIFFERENT WORLD showcasing the ‘Dwayne and Whitley’s epic love affair. At 11 a.m./10C catch back-to-back airings of THE BEST MAN. Then settle in for a night of romance starting at 4 p.m./3Cwith three of the most iconic films in cinema history with MAHOGANY, CARMEN JONES and CLAUDINE

The love continues online with the launch of exclusive content from the cast of the TV One’s original movie DON’T WASTE YOUR PRETTY. From Keri Hilson (“Think Like A Man,” “Almost Christmas”) to Deborah Joy Winans (“Greenleaf), the cast sits down to discuss what #BlackLove means to them. The content will be available across TV One’s digital and social platforms leading up to the film’s premiere on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 8 p.m./7C. Based on the eponymous novel penned by award-winning author and media personality Demetria L. Lucas, the film tells the story of tightly knit friends as they sort out their turbulent life and love issues. The cast of DON’T WASTE YOUR PRETTY also includes Redaric Williams (“The Yard,” “The Young And The Restless”), Jasmine Burke (“Saints & Sinners”), Kaye Singleton (“American Soul”) and Rainey Branch (“Being Mary Jane,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). The film is directed by Tamara Bass and written by Katrina O’Gilvie (NAACP Image Award nominee for “Behind the Movement”). 

The networks’ Black History Month programming continues with a full schedule of content that exemplifies this year’s theme, “REPRESENT THE MOVEMENT.” The network celebrates the young, “uplifted” and black leaders of the New Civil Rights Movement and what they hope for the future. The four female activists who will be featured in various spots throughout the month include Zyahna Bryant, Brea Baker, Nupol Kiazohu, and Kenidra Woods. Each activist will reflect and give their point of view on today’s most important causes such as women’s rights, criminal justice reform, freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights, racism, immigration and gun control.

TV One will also pay tribute to the life and career of Cicely Tyson with REFLECTIONS OF AN ICON WITH CATHY HUGHES which will air on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30C. The archival interview features the legendary actor when she was on Broadway for the 2013 Broadway production of A Trip to Bountiful. Additionally, a special presentation of the 1972 classic film, SOUNDER (based on the book by William H. Armstrong) will air Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET/4C. The film earned Ms. Tyson an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. 

Encore presentations of UNSUNG episodes continues with spotlights on trailblazing musicians and musical innovators who have impacted music over the past 40 years, including:
UNSUNG: The Dramatics on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8 p.m./7CUNSUNG: David Ruffin on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9 p.m./8CUNSUNG: Tammi Terrell on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10 p.m./9CUNSUNG: Teddy Pendergrass on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8 p.m./7CUNSUNG: Blue Magic on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9 p.m./8CUNSUNG: Switch on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10 p.m./9CUNSUNG: Roxanne Shante on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8 p.m./7CUNSUNG: Mtume on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9 p.m./8CUNSUNG: DeBarge on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10 p.m./9C
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