he was born in Mobile, Alabama but also considers Merritt Island, Florida a hometown. She received her Bachelor of Science, U.S. Naval Academy, 1981. Master of Science, Florida Institute of Technology, 1991. Hire, became the first female in the U. S. military to be assigned to a combat aircrew, when she reported to Patrol Squadron Sixty-Two (VP-62) She has logged over 711 hours in space.