Today in Military History, July 12, 1990, First Woman to Command an Aviation Squadron

Commander Rosemary B. Mariner, USN, assumes command of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ-34) at Naval Air Station, Pt. Mugu, California.

On July 12, 1990, Commander Rosemary B. Mariner becomes the first woman to command an operational aviation squadron, Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 (VAQ-34).  Mariner was one of the first women to become qualified as a Naval Aviator in 1974 and one of the first women to fly light attack aircraft. Mariner attained the rank of Captain before retiring in 1997.

 

More photos of Mariner throughout her career …

 

Ensign Rosemary B. Conaster (later Mariner), at the controls of a Fleet Composite Squadron Two, VC-2, S-2 Tracker Anti-Submarine Aircraft at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photographed by PH2 Dennis G. Keske, 1 September 1975. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Women in the US Navy.

 

 

 

Commander Rosemary B. Mariner, USN, pictured in her A-7E at Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California.

 

 

Ensign Rosemary Conaster (later Mariner), in the cockpit of a Fleet Composite Squadron Two VC-2, S-2 Tracker anti-submarine aircraft. She was then a pilot of the squadron. Photographed by PH2 Dennis G. Keske, 1 September 1975. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Women in the US Navy.

 

 

Ensign Rosemary Conaster (later Mariner), makes pre-flight checks of the main gear of a Fleet Composite Squadron Two, VC-2, S-2 Tracker Anti-submarine Aircraft. She was then a pilot of the squadron. Photographed by PH2 Dennis G. Keske, 1 September 1975.

 

 

Ensign Rosemary Conatser (later Mariner), works at her desk. Conatser was a pilot assigned to Fleet Composite Squadron Two (VC 2) at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photographed by PH2 Dennis G. Keske, 1 September 1975. NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Women in the US Navy.

 

 

Lieutenant Commander Rosemary B. Mariner, USN, pictured in front of A-7E from VA 174 at Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, circa 1976. Courtesy of Captain Rosemary B. Mariner, USN, (Retired). NHHC Photograph Collection, L-File, Diversity.

 

 

 

 

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