US Navy helicopter pilot is Wexford's 'next generation'
CONTINUING in the footsteps of many of Wexford's sons and daughters over the generations and the town's connections with the sea and the US Navy, a grand daughter of the late Dr. Kevin McCormack of Spawell Road and Aileen McCormack is about to graduate as a commissioned officer from Harvard University.
Carolyn Pushaw, the daughter of Patricia (McCormack) and Robert Pushaw, of California, who hopes to fly helicopters for the US Marine Corps, carries the seafaring gene of Wexford in her blood.
Before studying medicine, the late Dr. McCormack had a long love of the sea and joined the merchant navy as a midshipman before returning to his studies. His brother, Brendan McCormack, formerly of Spawell Road, who now lives in Ballymitty, has been an avid sailor throughout his life.
Carolyn is takinng part in an officer commissioning programme called NROTC (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps) at Harvard and is due to graduate in August, the programme enabling her to serve as a helicopter pilot.
Harvard's ROTC pilots have a unique place in the US military.
Ten out of the 24 - just over 40 per cent - are female, an unusually large number of women in a mostly all-male institution.
As full-time students and officers-to-be they have to navigate between life in the civilian world and one in the military and make it work for them.