Tenille LaTourrette, a pilot training officer, talks about love and leadership

If you're from Evergreen, Colorado —hundreds of feet uphill even from Denver, the Mile-High City—maybe your outlook on life just naturally takes wing. Tenille LaTourrette, an Evergreen native, ought to know. She—like her grandfather, father, and brother—is a pilot.

LaTourrette, United States Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Pilot Training Officer at an E-6B TACAMO (Take Charge and Move Out) Squadron, will soon mark three years of military service. After completing Naval ROTC training at the University of Southern California, she went through flight school in Pensacola, Florida, and Enid, Oklahoma (where she earned her wings on September 7, 2001), and is now one of only three female E-6 pilots in the Navy.

Aware that women in the military have many challenges, LaTourrette herself has had "nothing but great experiences" with the people with whom she has worked. "I believe I'm in this community for a reason," she says. And she sees it as part of God's plan. Loving flying, loving her job, LaTourrette, a student of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, feels that her work is "an expression of God," an opportunity to share her spiritual convictions through her attitude, her love, and her enthusiasm.

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March 3, 2003

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