Tammie Jo Shults Biography

 

Tammie Jo Shults was born in New Mexico, where she frequently watched Air Force jets flying above her family’s ranch. This early interest in flying led to Tammie Jo becoming one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the United States Navy, after overcoming several obstacles based on her gender.

After concluding her Navy career, she became a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Tammie Jo’s incredible history and talent received wide acclaim on April 17, 2018, after she successfully landed a Southwest Boeing 737 after an engine failure and decompression, saving 143 passengers.

Tammie Jo and her husband Dean live in Texas, and both Tammie Jo and Dean enjoy piloting planes for Southwest Airlines. They have two children and are committed to leading a faithful life. In Tammie Jo’s spare time, she teaches Sunday school at her church and volunteers at a local school focusing on at-risk youth.

To learn more, please visit www.CaptainShults.com.

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We regret that we will not be able to celebrate the National Capital Region Navy Birthday Ball in person this year. There will be virtual celebrations of Navy Heritage Week and the Navy’s 245th birthday. We will post and distribute that information when it becomes available.

For future planning, the date for the 246th Navy Birthday Ball is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.