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USAF Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt will address CAU’s first graduating class as guest speaker

Adviser to “Captain Marvel” and the Air Force’s first female fighter pilot

BAKERSFIELD, CA – California Aeronautical University is proud to announce that United States Air Force Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt will address the University’s first graduating class as the guest speaker.

Brig. Gen. Jeannie Levitt serves as the Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service and made history as the service’s first female fighter pilot. Prior to her current assignment she served as the 57th Wing Commander, Nellis Air Force Base, the Air Force’s most diverse flying wing comprised of 37 squadrons at 13 installations with a variety of more than 130 aircraft. General Leavitt was the first woman to hold the role.

Recently General Leavitt advised the creators of the movie, “Captain Marvel,” on how to accurately portray female pilots in the Air Force. Leavitt shared personal stories with the movie’s protagonist, Brie Larson, for authenticity, including her experiences at weapons school, flying and what it was like being a woman in a male dominated environment.

“We’re honored and excited to have such an accomplished aviator address our ceremony,” says Matthew Johnston, California Aeronautical University. “As we celebrate our first graduating class, we thought it was only fitting to have a trailblazer who’s accomplished so many ‘firsts’ in her own aviation career.”

The graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the University located on Meadows Field International Airport at 12 pm.

For more information about the first annual graduation, contact California Aeronautical University at (661) 615-5915 or visit

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