Female Fighter Pilot Achieved Milestone: Logged 2,000 hours on F-16 Fighter Aircraft
WOMEN IN AVIATION: Col. Trena Savageau, 944th Operations Group commander, has reached a milestone in aviation history on Jan. 13, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Savageau has successfully managed to log more than two thousand flying hours on the F-16, Fighting Falcon. She is now proudly a member of an elite group of fewer than 900 pilots worldwide who have achieved this milestone. and the first female to fly 2,000 F-16 flying hours in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
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Col. Trena “Hak” Savageau is historically known for breaking barriers and setting high expectations as the first female commander of the 944th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
Savageau, a 1998 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, has served as an F-16 pilot, instructor pilot, and evaluator pilot. After separating from active duty in 2007, she is now part of the Air Force Reserve as a Traditional Reservist with the 944th Fighter Wing.
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She is a true patriot. According to her, “I switched to the Reserve after my active duty service commitment because of the flexibility it gave me,” said Savageau. “I wanted to have a family, be a stay-at-home mom and Reserve Citizen Airman.”
Luke AFB’s Total Force Enterprise construct allowed Savageau to start her Reserve career as an instructor pilot with the 301st Fighter Squadron. Over the past 14 years, she has served in various positions throughout the 944th Fighter Wing and was selected as the 944th Operations Group’s first female commander in the spring of 2019.
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Savageau’s recent 2,000 F-16 flying hour accomplishment is representative of her tenacity and devotion to duty and the mission.
The 944th Operations Group and Fighter Wing are tasked to support worldwide mobility and combat employment operations. They are supporting the Air Education and Training Command mission to train F-16 and F-35 pilots for the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and other participating nations.
She has especially extended her gratitude to the engineering team, “A huge thanks to all of the maintenance professionals who are 100% responsible for getting me airborne 1,500 times.”