Amy McGrath Bio

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Amy McGrath is an American former Marine fighter pilot and political candidate. She was the first female Marine to fly in an F/A-18 on a combat mission. McGrath served for 20 years in the Marine Corps during which time she flew 89 combat missions bombing al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Amy McGrath Bio

Amy McGrath was born on 3 June 1975 in Kenton County, Kentucky, United States. She is now 44 years old.

McGrath grew up in Edgewood, Kentucky, just outside of Covington, the youngest of three children. She has an older sister and brother.

McGrath’s father, Donald McGrath, was a retired teacher who taught high school English in Cincinnati for 40 years. Her mother, Marianne McGrath, is a psychiatrist who was one of the first women to graduate from the University of Kentucky’s medical school.

She attended St. Pius X Middle School, a Catholic school in Edgewood, Kentucky. In 1993, She graduated from the all-girls Catholic high school Notre Dame Academy where she played high school varsity soccer, basketball, baseball, and was captain of the soccer team her senior year.

In her senior year, McGrath received a superintendent’s discretionary appointment to the United States Naval Academy, the same year Congress lifted the Combat Exclusion Policy which banned women from becoming fighter pilots.

She graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in political science In 1997. While at the Academy as a senior, McGrath was Midshipman Director of the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference.

She received a graduate certificate in legislative studies from Georgetown University in 2011. At the United States Naval Academy, McGrath was a member of the first women’s varsity soccer team.

She was a letter winner on the team for three years and in 1994 made the Patriot League Sports Academic Honor Role for student-athletes.

In 2014, McGrath earned an MA in international and global security studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Military career

After graduating from the Naval Academy, at the age of 21 McGrath was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

McGrath completed flight school and started her career as a Weapons Systems Officer in the F/A-18 aircraft In 1999.

She had found out she did not have 20/20 vision, which meant she could not become a pilot, but as a WSO, coordinated weapons including air-to-air AMRAAM missiles and heat-seeking Sidewinders.

She was assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121. When McGrath and fellow Marine pilot Jaden Kim joined VMFA-121, they became the first female aviators to join the squadron.

During this same time, McGrath was also part of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101.


Quick Biography
Full Name Amy M. McGrath-Henderson
Parents Marianne McGrath, Donald McGrath
Known For former Marine fighter pilot
Age 24 years
Spouse Erik Henderson (m. 2009)
Education United States Naval Academy (1993–1997)
Children George Henderson, Theodore Henderson, Eleanor Henderson
Party Democratic Party
Net Worth Update Soon


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