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Who is Amy McGrath? What makes her famous?
Amy McGrath is an American former Marine fighter pilot and politician. She was the first female Marine Corps pilot to fly the F/A-18 on a combat mission. McGrath served for 20 years in the Marine Corps during which time she flew 89 combat missions bombing al Qaeda and the Taliban. In 2016, she was inducted into the Aviation Museum of Kentucky's Hall of Fame and her military story is described in Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq. Similarly, McGrath was the Democratic nominee for Kentucky's 6th congressional district in the 2018 election, losing to Republican incumbent Andy Barr. In July 2019, she announced her campaign to run for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in the 2020 elections.
Who are the parents of Amy McGrath?
Back to her early life, McGrath was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She grew up in Edgewood, Kentucky, just outside of Covington, the youngest of three children. She has an older sister and brother. Her father, Donald McGrath, was a retired teacher who taught high school English in Cincinnati for 40 years. Her mother, Marianne McGrath, is a psychiatrist who was one of the first women to graduate from the University of Kentucky's medical school.
Concerning her education, McGrath attended St. Pius X Middle School, a Catholic school in Edgewood, Kentucky. Later, McGrath graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in political science. In 2014, McGrath earned a Master of Arts in international and global security studies from Johns Hopkins University.
What is the profession of Amy McGrath?
- After graduating from the Naval Academy, at the age of 21 McGrath was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. In 1999, she completed flight school and started her career as a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the F/A-18 aircraft. McGrath had found out she did not have 20/20 vision, which meant she could not become a pilot, but as a WSO, coordinated weapons including air-to-air AMRAAM missiles and heat-seeking Sidewinders. She was assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121. When McGrath and fellow Marine pilot Jaden Kim joined VMFA-121, they became the first female aviators to join the squadron. During this same time, McGrath was also part of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101.
- After the September 11 attacks, McGrath, as one of the more junior WSOs, was one of the first to report to duty at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar base before the closing of the gates due to DEFCON 3. She was paired with a senior pilot on the flight line waiting for the order to protect Los Angeles, San Diego, and the west coast to potentially shoot down hijacked aircraft, an order that did not come to pass.
- In March 2002, McGrath was deployed to Manas, Kyrgyzstan, for a six-month tour, during which she flew 51 combat missions in an F/A-18D in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She was the first woman to fly a combat mission in the United States Marine Corps.
- In January 2003, stationed in Kuwait, McGrath flew in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, where she provided air support to ground troops and conducted reconnaissance and air strikes.
- After being promoted to Captain, McGrath transitioned from Weapons Systems Officer to pilot after getting laser eye surgery to correct her vision and completed flight school in 2004. During 2005 and 2006, she was deployed on a second tour of duty over Afghanistan with Squadron 121. During this time she became the first female to fly in an F/A-18 in combat for the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2007, she was promoted from captain to major. From 2007 to 2009, she was deployed to East Asia. During this same time, McGrath was also part of Fighter-Attack Squadron 106.
- In 2010, she served a second tour in Afghanistan with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Helmand Province. In 2010, as part of this tour, McGrath was a member of a Detainee Review Board in Parwan Province in Afghanistan.
- During her military career, McGrath flew at least 2,000 flight hours and was on over 85 combat missions. She also flew in exercises in the U.S., Alaska, Egypt, Australia, Korea, and Japan.
- In 2011, McGrath shifted state-side, working as a congressional fellow for Representative Susan Davis's (D-CA) office in Washington, D.C., as a defense and foreign affairs advisor for one year. Davis was chair and ranking member on the Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the House Armed Services Committee and has ties via her husband to Kentucky.
- From 2012 to 2014, McGrath worked at the Pentagon at the Headquarters Marine Corps, Strategy & Plans Division, International Affairs Branch as a Marine Corps liaison to the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development.
- From 2014 to 2017, McGrath taught U.S. government to midshipmen as a senior political science instructor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After reaching her 20-year service mark, McGrath retired from the armed forces on June 1, 2017, at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
- On August 1, 2017, McGrath announced that she was running for the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky's 6th congressional district as a Democrat in the 2018 election. McGrath's campaign announcement video, which attracted national attention, cost the US $33,000 to produce, which put her campaign $7,000 in the red. The video had over one million views on YouTube by August 3, 2017. In that same time period, McGrath raised over the US $300,000.
- In the November 2018 general election, McGrath was defeated by Republican incumbent Andy Barr. Barr won 51% of the vote to McGrath's 47.8%. On July 9, 2019, McGrath announced on Twitter that she was running for the United States Senate for Kentucky as a Democrat in the 2020 election.
What are the achievements of Amy McGrath?
- 2007: Notre Dame Academy, Women Making a Difference Award
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Strike/Flight Air Medals - 8
- Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal
- Navy Achievement Medal
- Presidential Unit Citation
- Iraq Campaign Medal
- Afghanistan Campaign Medal
- 2016: Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Hall of Fame
Is Amy McGrath married? Who are the children of Amy McGrath?
Reflecting her personal life, Amy McGrath was a married woman. She was married now-retired naval Lieutenant Commander Erik Henderson in 2009. The couple blessed with the three children. They are Theodore, George, Eleanor.
The family lives in Georgetown, Kentucky at present without rumors. Her call sign, "Krusty," is a joking reference to the way her hair stuck up in her flight helmet, and was made in homage to Krusty the Clown from the TV show, The Simpsons.
How much net worth Amy McGrath owns?
As a military pilot in her past and a politician at present, she assumed the sum of good money form her both career. However, her net worth and salary are yet to be disclosed. In the case of disclosed, we will let you know.
How tall is Amy McGrath?
Observing her body physics, Amy has a decent height and weight. Her body information is yet to be disclosed. In the case of disclosed, we will let you know.