Ensign Danielle McKnight, U.S. Navy, immediately after her first solo flight in the pictured aircraft, the T-6 Texan. She is in-flight training at Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.

After the Idyllwild native graduated from Hemet High School, McKnight graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 2016. As an ensign in the U.S. Navy, she served a short stint at the academy, and subsequently was transferred to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, for pre-flight training. Upon completion of that assignment, she was transferred to Corpus Christi for flight.