Tanya Barnett Whitney, of Sorrento, LA retired in 2010 as a Master Sergeant in the Army after serving nearly 28 years. Since then, she volunteers with and holds leadership positions in local and national level veterans’ organizations. As a member of Women Veterans of Louisiana, Tanya gives educational presentations to schools, civic organizations and other public groups promoting the service of women in the military and their impact on society, past and present. She also serves as Honor Guard at the funerals of women veterans. Tanya earned a Masters of Aeronautical Science with a dual major of Operations and Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2000. She shares her personal and professional experiences to educate and inspire the professional and social advancement of women in the aviation community by speaking at high school career fairs and to military recruits. As a nonfaculty Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at St Amant High, she mentors teenage girls and boys.