Young Jamaican origin, ranking Lieutenant U.S. Coast Guard, Jeanine is the first black American who has distinguished herself by becoming a pilot in the prestigious civil security unit of United States Coast Guard . which made her the first African-American civil pilot in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard. She joined the Coast Guard in 2003 after its accreditation Coast Guard Officer Candidate School .
Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, a National Security Cutter, makers her maiden arrival Charleston, S.C., Nov. 24, 2014. Hamilton is the first NSC to be stationed on the East Coast since the new class of cutters was established. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Lehmann)
Dr. Olivia Hooker became the first African American woman to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1945. To honor this trailblazer on her 100th birthday, the Coast Guard has named a building on Staten Island in her honor! At the ceremony this past Thursday, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft unveiled a plaque, stating: “Dr. Olivia Hooker …is an inspiration and a hero to every member of the Coast Guard and our nation.”