by Jess Clackum
Major Hagner is a USMC helicopter pilot and 2012 graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School. After nearly 11.5 years of active duty service, she is transitioning to the USMC Reserves. Her flight experience includes both combat deployments and developmental flight test with the MV-22 Osprey. Becky holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and MSE in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
In 2010, Becky had the honor of escorting Mrs. Barbara Donahue Ross at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony. Ross, who flew the PT-19, BT-13, UC-78, C-47, and B-24, was the 16th member of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Service, the predecessor to the WASP.
Major Hagner was heavily influenced by the WASP. She says, "I had read about the WASP while in college, and their story was a huge inspiration to me. Participating in the Congressional Gold Ceremony was one of the highlights of my career. It was such an honor to be represent the Marine Corps as an escort while this select group of women, who paved the way for female aviators in the military, received the recognition they deserved after so many years."
Thank you Major Hagner for your service and for supporting the WASP and FlyGirls!