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Milwaukee native becomes first woman to command aircraft carrier

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 16:31:23-05

MILWAUKEE — The first woman to ever command an aircraft carrier is from Milwaukee. Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt holds the honors of controlling the USS Abraham Lincoln. It is one of the Navy's 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

"I am incredibly honored and humbled to be selected,” said Bauernschmidt. “I love leading Sailors and I take that responsibility extremely seriously."
Bauernschmidt graduated from the Naval Academy in May 1994, which was the first class that allowed women to serve aboard combatant ships and aircraft.

She was a Naval Aviator in 1996 and served with several helicopter squadrons. Before commanding the USS Abraham Lincoln, she led the "Spartans" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 and amphibious transport dock USS San Diego.

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