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By: Aimee Nash
July 14, 2011

 
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We are proud of various accomplishments that we achieve in life. As a FFA member, it maybe that you win a state contest or simply place at a major stock show. Vernice Armour has a lot to be proud of in her career in the military. Armour was the keynote speaker during the third general session Wednesday night.

“Do what average people do, you’ll have what average people have,” said Armour. “I don’t want to be average. So what do we have to do to break out of the pact?”

She is well known to the nation as “FlyGirl.” The Chicago native made an outstanding name for herself throughout her very short life in several areas as a pilot. Not only did she serve as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps she was also named the first African American female to serve as a police officer in Tempe, Arizona, the first African American female naval aviator in the Marine Corps and America’s first African American female combat pilot in the United States military. On top of that success, she also served two tours in Iraq and now has a book on the market called the Zero to Breakthrough Success Plan. Armour had humble remarks about her accomplishments. 

“I could easily say writing my book was my biggest accomplishment,” said Armour. “It really is the greatest gift for me and from me because it is about giving back. In the book I’m not talking about me, I’m talking about how people can use the principles I did to achieve the same things in their life.”

During the third general session, Armour made mention about what the future holds for the members.

“You guys are our future leaders and that’s what my book is about, passing it down and getting it to the next level,” Armour said. “One mission, one goal, one team, we’re all in this together.”

 
 
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