Stricken with tick-borne illness, first female Thunderbird pilot charts new course
Forbes, April 16, 2021
by Dana Brownlee
By any measure, Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) has had a remarkable career distinguished by enviable achievements, including 21 years of experience as an officer, leader and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force (USAF), commanding a fighter squadron, flying as a USAF Thunderbird pilot, serving as a White House Fellow and an advisor to the First Lady of the United States (Michelle Obama), and being inducted into the 2019 National Women’s Hall of Fame.
But her meteoric rise came to an abrupt, unexpected halt when a devastating tick-borne illness left her struggling to speak or walk for almost nine months in 2016. READ MORE.