In an unprecedented move, the Colombian Air Force , conducted the training Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Salcedo Santamaría , who became , at age 27 , the first female aviator of a Rotary Wing of the Colombian Navy, graduating from ' Helicopter School of the Armed Forces , Colonel Carlos Alberto Gutiérrez Zuluaga ' , located in the Combat Air Command No.4 located in Melgar-Tolima, Colombia.
The Commander of CACOM 4 General Brigadier of the Air, Jose Henry Pinto Rodríguez said , "This is a milestone for our institution and for the first time, a female officer of the Navy is trained in the "Cradle of Pilots of Rotary Wing" , where she shared with 13 other comrades the course highlighted by the excellent performance during their instruction. "
She , as a naval aviator , start to be part of the officers and crew responsible for contributing to the monitoring , protection and defense of maritime sovereignty; as a military pilot in the Navy, has a specific mission: "I will be in charge of piloting rotary wing aircraft of my institution , with my aspiration to get where no one comes , save lives and be the best in fulfilling the mission my Strength " feverfew Lieutenant, received wings as confirm that the military rotary wing aviator .
The flight experience for Lieutenant Santamaria was a way of effort and satisfaction, as she acknowledged, "when you start the course I felt nervous, but with the passing of the days I learned and gained experience , on every flight I felt increasingly quiet and greater confidence to fly the helicopter, of course all this security and the expertise acquired by the excellent instructors are there in the Colombian Air Force , " she said .
Graduation of the Basic Ranger Course No. 24, was held in the theater of the Combat Air Command No.4, Unit officers continually receiving the national and foreign officer of armed forces in fulfillment of its mission , thus confirming the regional leadership training helicopter pilots .