Nicole Malachowski

Who is Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, RET.)? She is the First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, a Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron Commander, White House Fellow & Adviser, and an Indomitable Spirit.  A 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Nicole wanted to fly military jets from the moment she saw them at her first air show at five years old. She achieved that goal – and then some. Her list of accomplishments are long, but here’s a few:

  • Pioneering aviator and first woman Thunderbird pilot
  • 21-year USAF veteran, combat experience in Iraq and Kosovo
  • Commander of an F-15E fighter squadron
  • White House Fellow and adviser plus Pentagon roles
  • Advocate for healthcare causes

In her speeches, Nicole inspires audiences with lessons from her experience that can be tailored to meet program objectives.  Nicole brings her experience to the stage and holds audiences spellbound with an easygoing authenticity of someone who’s achieved greatness. She’s been a member and leader of exceptional teams. She has faced overwhelming challenges and adversity and has come out on top. When Nicole’s distinguished military career was cut short by a neurological tick-borne illness that, at its worst, left her unable to walk safely or speak intelligibly, she overcame those challenges, as well.


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