Listen now – Meet an Expert: Women in the U.S. Space Force

Girl Scouts of Colorado is honored to have had nine women in the U.S. Space Force join our Meet an Expert program on January 12 and January 19, 2021. The program on the Jan. 12 was for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors and the program on the Jan. 19 was for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. More than 275 Girl Scouts from across the United States joined these programs live to learn about being a woman in the military, what the U.S. Space force does, and how they can prepare for a career in the military or in the space industry.

You can now watch and listen to these webinars on the GSCO YouTube channel. Don’t forget to check out our whole Meet an Expert playlist while you’re there!

Jan. 12 – Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors

Jan. 19 – Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Read more about the amazing women in the U.S. Space Force who participated in the program:

Major Lucia White: United States Space Force, Assistant Director of Operations, 2d Space Operations Squadron (responsible for the GPS satellite constellation).  I was a former Girl Scout and grew up with a strong interest in physics and astronomy.  I graduated from the Air Force Academy with a Bachelors of Science degree in biology and will be going back there to teach biology after I complete my master’s degree in biology (hopeful to do my research in growing plants on the International Space Station).  I’m also an adventure seeker who loves the sky and traveling.  If I’m not at home with my two cats, you can usually find me skydiving.

Captain Carmilya Jones: Space Delta 8 Standardization and Evaluation Deputy Chief. Bachelors of Science in Biology from USAFA. Married mother of two, soon to promote to Major in the United States Space Force. Previously a Girl Scout herself.

Captain Erin Brown: I am a Space Operations Officer in the United States Space Force as of September 2020.  Currently, I am serving at Buckley Garrison (previously Air Force Base) in the Joint Overhead Persistent-Infrared Center (JOPC) with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).  Within the JOPC, I am an Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Strategist responsible for designing and directing collection strategies in various portions of the EM-spectrum to support our worldwide mission partners and manage the collections for emerging threats.  Additionally, I am the Flight Commander of Detachment 7’s Collection Flight, overseeing and coordinating intelligence resources from the space domain through a skilled team dispersed throughout the space collection’s mission set.  I graduated in 2015 from the University of Kentucky with a baccalaureate degree in General Biology.  Currently, I am studying at Johns Hopkins University to receive my Masters of Science in Geospatial Intelligence.  In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, baking, and playing board games and yard games with my husband and friends.

Captain Farrah “CANYON” Hassan: I’m Weapons Officer on Schriever AFB, CO. She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL in 2012 with a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. She loves her job because she gets to teach others about space and technology every day. In her off time, she likes to paint and act.

1st Lt Nastassia Arrington: Deputy flight commander for Maintenance flight/ Officer in-charge of cyber security. I have a BA in biological Anthropology form East Carolina University, and an MA in developmental psychology from Liberty University. I love to hike, weight lift, and read comics for my current hobbies.

Lt Kelley McCaa: I currently work in 2Sops as a Satellite Vehicle Operator and a Modernization Analyst. I graduated from The University of Nebraska in Omaha, NE with a Bachelors in Global Strategic Studies/ International Studies and Political Science; I also studied Russian Language while in college. When not at work, my hobbies include hiking, reading, studying languages, and acrobatics.

Staff Sgt. Kelly Malone: I am originally from Georgia but have moved around my whole life (Army brat). I am a Satellite Systems Operator and Crew Chief for the GPS Constellation in the 2nd Space Operations Squadron. Prior to joining the Air Force and transferring to the Space Force, my background is Criminal Justice – I interned at the Public Defender Office my senior year in high school, I have a Criminal Justice Diploma, and a Paralegal Certificate. When I enlisted, a job as a Space Systems Operations opened and I jumped at the chance! I have learned SO MUCH about space and have really enjoyed the engineering aspect of the satellites themselves. When I’m not at work, I love working out, playing sports, and hiking!

Staff Sgt. Kathryn Brockmiller: I have been serving in the USAF for 6 years. I am currently assigned to 22 SOPS and work as an information systems security officer. I love what I do in communications and I am almost finished with my Bachelors in Management of Information Systems. On my free time, I’m a musician, love to ride motorcycles, spend time with my wife, play videogames, and workout!

Senior Airman Angelica Perez: Born in Philippines and grew up in California. Currently an Orbital Analysts and Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Operator for the 4th Space Operations Squadron. Currently working for my Bachelors for Electrical Engineering and my hobbies are watching anime, books, and tea.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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