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December 20, 2022
@ 12:00 pm ET
Liz Booker

Liz Booker is a retired Coast Guard helicopter pilot and writer for young adults. Liz enlisted in the Coast Guard at 18 and worked as a deckhand and ship navigator for five years before going to Officer Candidate School. A year later she completed Navy flight training and flew the H65 Dolphin helicopter out of San Francisco, Miami, and Los Angeles. She had been on Active Duty for 15 years and was an O4 before she finally earned a bachelor’s degree online with American Military University and applied for the Coast Guard’s graduate school programs. In 2008 she completed a Master’s in Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She spent the last six years of her 28-year career in Joint billets as the Targeting Chief and Deputy J3 at Joint Interagency Task Force South coordinating counter-narcotics interdictions in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific, and as the Senior Defense Official to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean working for Southern Command out of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown. While she was assigned to JIATF-SOUTH, she used the rest of her GI Bill to earn a second master’s degree in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Liz’s Harvard experience gave her the confidence and skills to network and advocate for the Coast Guard’s women in aviation. It also opened her aperture to how she might positively impact the wider aviation culture and demographics through writing adventure fiction for young readers. She retired in 2019 to write full time, but was challenged to maintain her momentum during Covid, feeling isolated from the aviation community. As a way to reconnect, she launched the Aviatrix Book Club on Facebook. That small idea has blossomed into a rich network of readers and writers centered around books featuring women in aviation. Liz hosts the Aviatrix Book Review website and podcast where she interviews authors about their books and their writing and publishing journeys. The authors are connected through the Aviatrix Writers Facebook Group, where they encourage and mentor other women in aviation to share their stories through writing. 


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