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Jul 04

Nina Salazar

Personal Life:

Nina Guadalupe Salazar (born in California, United States) is a B-52 Bomber Navigator with the United States Air Force (USAF). Salazar is the daughter of Iva Pisia Tuatagaloa of Vailoatai, American Samoa and Edward Salazar who is of Mexican descent.

Salazar has an older sister, Georgina, a PhD graduate who attends the International Graduate Program in Medical Sciences, a brother Victor who is a Legislative Counsel at U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C, and another sister Vailala.

 

Education:

Upon her graduation from San Diego High School, Nina received numerous scholarship awards from several organizations and corporations and was immediately accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley.  Instead, Nina chose to attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In 2002, Nina graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy and was concurrently commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

 

Professional Career

At any time, Salazar could be sent to hostile areas such as Afghanistan and there is every chance to be called to serve in a war zone where her life may be in harms way.

Her duty as a B-52 Bomber Navigator is to perform duties of Navigator, Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO) or Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) to accomplish combat, training, and other assigned missions.

 

Legacy:

  • Known to be the first student of Samoan ancestry to have been accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MIT is considered one of the top two Universities in the world, renown for its studies in physics, astronomy, chemistry and engineering.
  • First Samoan woman ever to attain the position as a B-52 Bomber Navigator in the World

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