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Kathryn P. Hire

A 1981 Naval Academy graduate, Capt. Kathryn P. Hire, a naval flight officer, became the first woman in the military to be assigned to a combat aircrew in 1993 when she reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 62. Hire later continued her Navy Reserve duty with various units based in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. She was recalled to active naval duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of U.S. Central Command staff. She served in the Navy for 35 years and achieved the rank of Navy captain before retiring in 2016. Selected for astronaut training by NASA in 1994, she flew aboard two space shuttle missions. Hire logged more than 3,400 flight hours in various aircraft, and more than 711 hours in space. She retired from NASA in 2019.

Last Updated: 31 March 2023



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