Rosemary Bryant Mariner Biography
Captain Rosemary Bryant Mariner ( Rosemary Ann Merims ) was an American aviator, one of the first six women to earn their wings as a United States Naval Aviator in 1974. Bryant was the first female military aviator to achieve command of an operational air squadron.
Rosemary Bryant Mariner Age
was born in April 2, 1953 in Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
Rosemary Bryant Mariner Death
Mariner died on January 24, 2019 in Anderson County, Tennessee, aged 65, following a five year battle with ovarian cancer.
Rosemary Bryant Mariner Husband
Tommy Mariner, a retired Navy Commander is the husband to Rosemary Bryant Mariner.
Rosemary Bryant Mariner Daughter
Rosemary Bryant Mariner has a daughter called Emmalee.
Rosemary Bryant Mariner early life and Education
Mariner was born in Harlingen, Texas and grew up in San Diego, California, with a keen interest in aircraft and flying. Mariner worked odd jobs and washed aircraft to earn money for flying lessons and flight time. In December 1972, she graduated from Purdue University at age 19 with a degree in Aviation Technology. Mariner had earned FAA flight engineer and pilot ratings before she joined the Navy. While in the Navy, she earned a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
Rosemary Bryant Mariner career
In 1973, Rosemary Bryant Mariner (then Rosemary B. Conatser) joined the Naval service after being selected as one of the first eight women to enter military pilot training. Mariner completed women’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, then headed to Pensacola, Florida for flight training. In June 1974, she was designated a naval Aviator, one of the first six women to earn their wings as a United States Naval Aviator. The other five women to earn their wings were Barbara Allen Rainey, Judith Ann Neuffer, Jane Skiles O’Dea, Ana Marie Fuqua, and Joellen Drag. In 1975 Mariner was among the first female military aviators to fly tactical jet aircraft, the A-4E/L Skyhawk. She converted to the A-7E Corsair II in 1976, the first woman to fly a front-line light attack aircraft.
Mariner became the first woman screened for command of an aviation unit in the U.S. Navy in 1987. She became the first woman to command an aviation squadron in the Navy in 1990 and was selected for major aviation shore command. During Operation Desert Storm, Mariner commanded Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty Four (VAQ-34). She was president of the Women Military Aviators organization from 1991 to 1993. Mariner and Jane Skiles O’Dea, CDR Lin Hutton and Naval Reserve CDR Joellen Oslund were the first women aviators selected for promotion to Captain in the U.S. Navy in 1993. Mariner retired after twenty-four years of military service, a veteran of seventeen carrier deployments with over 3500 military flight hours in fifteen different naval aircraft.
Her career is detailed in several books, including Crossed Currents: Navy Women from World War I to Tailhook, Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution, Tailspin: Women at War in the Wake of Tailhook and Ground Zero: The Gender Wars in the Military.
Rosemary Bryant Mariner Retirement
At the end of 1997, Mariner retired from the Navy with the rank of captain. Professor of Military Studies for the National War College. Mariner was a visiting fellow with the Center for the Study of War and Society and Lecturer in History Department at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Rosemary Bryant Mariner publications
- Mariner, Rosemary Bryant, “A Soldier Is A Soldier”, Joint Forces Quarterly, Winter 1993–94
- Mariner, Rosemary Bryant (Editor with G. Kurt Piehler), The Atomic Bomb and American Society: New Perspectives, University of Tennessee Press (Knoville, TN: 2008)