On Your Side: African-American Black Hawk pilot makes history


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    A Nevada woman is taking her career and her historical accomplishments to new heights. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Cicely Williams is the first African-American female Black Hawk pilot for the Nevada Army National Guard.

    "I just asked around, I said 'Is there anyone else like me?' and she said, 'Never before,'" Williams said.

    She graduated flight school in 2017 and is now a Medivac pilot for the Army National Guard.

    "Every day we train to save peoples' lives," she said.

    Williams has nearly 200 hours flying the Black Hawk. The responsibility is heavy flying the multi-million dollar 16,000 pound chopper. But Williams still realizes how awesome it is to fly the Black Hawk.

    "If cool was a scale, it would be off the scale. That's how cool this is," Williams said. "It is pretty exciting. It is pretty unprecedented. And at the same time all I want do do is be an amazing pilot."

    The 34-year-old grew up in the small town of Gardnerville, south of Carson City. She graduated in 2002 from Douglas High School. Football coach Ernie Monfiletto says Williams' accomplishment is quite impressive.

    "To think that Gardnerville who doesn't have a whole lot ethnic diversity has produced a person like Cicely Williams is really cool and it says a lot about the community we come from," Monfiletto said.

    Lea Morgan the school's Campus Safety Monitor choked up when talking about Williams who she remembers well from school.

    "She was absolutely vibrant and wonderful. It doesn't surprise me that she's doing this," Morgan said. "I just can't be prouder. I think that that's a wonderful thing. I think that's she's a wonderful person and deserves this great honor."

    Williams graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno where she studied Criminal Justice.

    "I wanted to be in the FBI. This is way better, though," Williams said.

    Her family lineage of military service helped change her mind to follow in their footsteps.

    "She's a role model for me and my daughters to look up to and I'm just really proud," said Rodney Williams, her brother.

    Flight school provided the challenge Williams said she wanted. She recognizes her mark in history as being the first African-American for the Nevada Army Guard, but she says she just wants to set a good example for other women and the military.

    "I don't think it's sunk in just yet because every day I just show up to work. I just do my job, the best I can," Williams said.

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