UPDATE: Navy holds first-ever all-female flyover in East TN
UPDATE: MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. — Captain Rosemary Mariner, a military trailblazer who lived in Anderson County, was laid to rest Saturday after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She died at the age of 65 on Jan. 24.
Mariner, a Texas native and Navy veteran who served her country for 24 years, held a career of historic firsts -- including being the first woman to ever command an operation air squadron and being one of the first women ever to pilot a tactical jet aircraft.
During Operation Desert Storm, Mariner commanded Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty Four. She logged nearly 3,500 flight hours in her career in more than a dozen aircraft.
Mariner also lectured in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee's history department for 14 years and was a visiting fellow with the Center for the Study of War and Society.
As she was laid to rest Saturday, another historic first took place in her honor. The Navy held its first-ever all-female flyover at her funeral -- officially referred to as the 'Missing Man Flyover.'
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