Apache pilot pulls double duty in National Guard, police force

Army 1st Lt. Jenna Pitcher has been with the South Carolina National Guard for seven years.
Army 1st Lt. Jenna Pitcher has been with the South Carolina National Guard for seven years. | Contributed
Army 1st Lt. Jenna Pitcher moonlights as a police officer to keep the skies and the streets safe.

The National Guard Apache helicopter pilot has said she values both of her roles.

“There’s a lot of overlap between being a police officer and an Apache pilot in the Army,” Pitcher said. “In both roles, your life and the lives of others depend on your situational awareness, proficiency and knowledge. Being an officer in the Army and a police officer reminds me daily to strive to be truly selfless.”

Pitcher has been with the South Carolina National Guard for the last seven years. She followed her brother into the service.

“My older brother is in the Army," she said. "He was a huge influence in (my) deciding to be an Apache pilot. He is an infantryman, and our job as Apache pilots is to protect and assist the ground forces.”

She said she was always intrigued by helicopters and enjoys the excitement of her job.

“My favorite part of being in the military is that it doesn't feel like a job," she said. "I enjoy being around my colleagues, and there is always so much happening at one time, I can honestly say I am never bored or looking for something to do.”

She advises anyone to pursue their dreams of a career serving in the military.

“Be focused, vocal and make moves to achieve your goals. And, with enough persistence, it will happen.”

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