This month’s WIN Breakfast Meeting is Friday, February 22. This event will be held at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.
The buffet opens at 7 a.m., with the program running from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The entrance fee is $35 for non-members and $20 for members who do not have the Pre-Paid membership. Registration for this event will be available the month of the event.
This month’s Breakfast Sponsor is:
This month WIN is pleased to present:
Heather ‘Lucky’ Penney
Most widely recognized for her service on September 11, Heather “Lucky” Penney is a renowned speaker on topics ranging from personal courage; decision-making under stress; leadership; organizational transformation; inclusivity; high performance teams; national defense issues; and aviation.
Heather was part of the first wave of women who went directly into fighters from pilot training. She grew up around aviation and warbirds, and learned that Congress had opened combat aviation to women while she was earning her Master of Arts at Purdue University where she stood up the first collegiate team to race in the Air Race Classic. She applied to the Air National Guard and earned her wings at ENJJPT, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, where she flew the T-37 and T-38.
The first and only woman in the 121st Fighter Squadron, Heather deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom for initial combat operations as a night-time SCUD Hunter in the western deserts of Iraq, also supporting Special Operations Forces. She flew the F-16 for ten years before having to make the difficult decision to leave the fighter aviation as a single mother. She continued to serve, flying the Gulfstream G-100 Astra jet for another six years in the VIP Special Airlift Mission. For over ten years, Heather was a Director of various Air Force programs for Lockheed Martin, specializing in capture management, government relations, and strategic business development.
Her portfolio included the F-22, the F-16, F-35 training, and the Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition to replace the T-38. She now is a Senior Resident Fellow for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies at the Air Force Association, where she researches and advises on defense policy issues related to airpower and the Air Force. She is a Director of the Board for the Experimental Aviation Association; a member on the Air Force Studies Board at the National Academies; is a regular lecturer at the Air Force’s Squadron Officer School; and is the Beideman Visiting Scholar at the Oskin Leadership Institute for Weideman University.
Heather’s passion for aviation has never faded – she has flown her Taylorcraft BC-12 coast-to-coast, owned several vintage aircraft, and raced jets at the Reno Air Races; she has over 3,300 hours with Commercial, CFII/MEI, and ATP ratings; and she volunteers with the Collings Foundation, copiloting their B-17 when her busy schedule allows her to get away. She enjoys flying her WWII Army Air Forces PT-13 Stearman and 1950 Cessna 170A with her husband, two daughters, and rescue dog, Gilmore (named after Roscoe’s lion). When she isn’t in the air, you can usually find her with her family, camping and hiking in a National Park.
Heather spoke last year to Nevada Women’s Fund. Click here for an interview from 2018 with KTVN Channel 2.