“If you do what average people do, you have what average people have. I don't ever want to be average. That's what I challenge kids to do - be better than average.”


Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour (1973 -)
Vernice is, "America's First African American Female Combat Pilot." She flew the AH-1 W SuperCobra attack helicopter in Iraq and served two tours in Operation Freedom. Raised in Tennessee, Vernice was a member of the mathematics honor society and National Honor Society. At Middle State Tennessee University she enlisted in the Army Reserves. She became an officer in the Nashville Police force and was the first female African-American on the motorcycle squad. Before joining the Marines she became the first female African-America to serve as a police officer in Tempe, Arizona. In 2001, Vernice earned her wings at the Naval Air Station; graduating number one in her class. She was Camp Pendleton’s “Female Athlete of the Year” and was a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women’s football team. Today she is a role model and motivational speaker.