Jen “STEEL” Wade graduated with her B.S. in Biochemistry from Washington State University and received her MBA from Colorado State University and is a graduate of Army Airborne training. She is a former F-16 fighter pilot and a current entrepreneur in the aviation industry.
STEEL has over 1700 hours in the F-16 with 100 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, resulting in 5 aerial achievement medals. Her military career was distinguished through serving as a Mission Commander and Forward Air Controller where she was responsible for coordinating timely and accurate air-to-air and air-to-ground kinetic strikes with multiple joint services and international allies. In addition, STEEL was responsible for flawlessly executing the $11 million deployment of her 16-member, 12 jet squadron to Afghanistan, awarding her the Wing’s Company Grade Officer of the Year award. STEEL’s military career cumulated with her selection into the F-16 instructor cadre where she spent the last 4 years of her active duty service teaching new students the tactics, techniques, and procedures of the F-16.
STEEL currently resides in Walla Walla, WA, where she is the founder and CEO of a flight school and a youth motivational speaker.