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Making history at the Military Aviation: A woman in the skies
March 16, 2015
Through the ages, women have managed to gain a place in society, leaving behind the times in which they only dedicated to look after the house. Gradually, women have been positioning and fought until they became one of the pillars holding modern life.
There are many cases of successful women who are recognized worldwide, the stories of their actions and performance have been known around the planet. In Colombia, many of these warrior women could be highlighted, which is why, with this article, we would like to acknowledge a woman who changed the history of the Air Force in Colombia.
Her name is Ingrid Yuliana Arango, and was born in San Antonio Tolima in 1989. After finishing high school, she decided that her vocation was the military, so she went to the Military School of Cadets General José María Córdova, on January 10th, 2009, with the intention to serve her country. She began the first officer of arms women course along with 61 women who joined to be formed and trained. 42 of them ascended to second lieutenant in December of 2011.
In her training, she took tactical, technical and physical training in conditions equal to that required to men. Ingrid always stood out for obtaining very good results, which in the end, made her the second place in her class.
Newly graduated Officers were assigned to different units to serve as platoon commanders in the phase of instruction and training. The second lieutenant Arango was assigned to the School of Communications. There, she held administrative positions and led a group of NCOs. She took courses in military parachuting and combat intelligence in 2012, she also took a certification program in University Teaching, and specialization in communications.
Ingrid's work was rewarded by the commander of the unit, who selected her for her skills, discipline and service, to take the course of Military Pilot, of the Army Aviation School. After two and a half months taking psychological, psychometric and physical tests, she fulfilled all the requirements, being suitable to start the Military Pilot course in January, 2013. In December of the same year, she finished a specialization of police pilot in the Police Aviation School in Mariquita, Tolima.
In January 2014, she obtained the qualification in team Beechcraft in the Training and Retraining Battalion of the Aviation. Since February, she has been the operational pilot of the King Air b200 and ac90, performing support operations for the Combat Technical Intelligence and Aviation Sustaining Operations.
Nowadays, the officer has 380 flying hours, and hence obtains congratulations from her instructors and family who have supported her in reaching her achievements, a cornerstone for personal and professional growth in her military career.