Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz. 11 April 2019. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Kelsey Casey is the only female AV-8B Harrier pilot in the Marine Corps. She recently deployed with Marine Attack Squadron 311 to the Middle East as part of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command.
This is a rotational deployment that began in 2013 where Marines support U.S and allied operations within U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, most notably, coalition operations against ISIS and other terrorist organizations. Upon the completion of her deployment, she will begin training on the new Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35B Lightning II.