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Matice Wright was the first African-American female naval flight officer.
Matice was born, and grew up in, Annapolis, Maryland. She attended Annapolis High School in her hometown. She received a bachelor's degree in the physical sciences from the United States Naval Academy. After leaving active duty, Wright obtained a master's degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University. She went on to obtain a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Wright graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1988. In 1993, she became the United States Navy's first African-American female flight officer. Wright went served on active duty for eight years. After leaving active duty, she worked in the private sector. In 1997, Wright was appointed a White House Fellow in the United States Treasury Department. She also worked to manage Sikorsky Aircraft international military helicopter programs. She went on to become the Principal DIrector for Industrial Policy at the United States Department of Defense. In Fall 2016, former president Barack Obama appointed her to the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors, where she currently serves. She is also now a manager, and a national security consultant, at ManTech International.