Civil Air Patrol

Col. Martha Morris Named to Women in Aviation Advisory Board

From the May 19, 2020, issue of the PROPS e-newsletter:

Former Arizona Wing Commander Col. Martha Morris (at left) has been appointed as one of 30 women to serve on the newly-formed Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB).

The appointees were announced May 15 by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, who named former U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to serve as chair of the board.

“The Department of Transportation welcomes Dr. Wilson and these accomplished advisory board members, who share a commitment and passion for encouraging women to access opportunities in aviation,” Chao said.

The WIAAB was established on October 3, 2019, under the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which specially designated CAP as a stakeholder group and, thus, to have a representative on the board. Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s National Commander and CEO, nominated Morris.

“Col. Morris brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as our proposed representative,” he wrote. “Since 1983, she has worked with our emergency services operations, youth programs and STEM/Aerospace Education support to teachers and schools in a range of increasingly responsible positions. She is also a highly experienced pilot (over 21,500 flight hours) with the airlines, business aviation and public service flying.”

The purpose of the WIAAB is to develop strategies and recommendations that would encourage women to enter the field of aviation. The board also will assess education, training, mentorship, outreach and recruitment of women in the aviation industry.

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