Nina Salazar

Nina Guadalupe Salazar

California, United States

First Samoan woman ever to attain the position as a B-52 Bomber Navigator in the World. Also known to be the first student of Samoan ancestry to have been accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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.

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.

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.

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