Clemson brings Major Heather Penney to Greenville

Penney speaks at a public luncheon during the 3rd Annual Clemson Leadership Summit.

GREENVILLE, SC – June 11, 2012: Clemson University welcomes Major Heather Penney to Greenville on Friday, August 10, 2012 as the keynote speaker for a public luncheon during the commencement of Clemson’s 3rd Annual Leadership Summit.

“Major Penney exemplifies courage and passion in leadership under extraordinary circumstances through her pursuit of becoming a fighter pilot and acts of heroism during her service,” states Clemson at the Falls Director Tanya Thompson.

Maj. Penney is a third-generation pilot and Director of USAF Air Superiority Systems at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Washington D.C. Penney was selected by the D.C. Air National Guard to be the first woman in the D.C. Guard to fly the F-16. She was in the first two-ship airborne over the Pentagon and Washington D.C. in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and also escorted Air Force One into Andrews Air Force Base later that day. Maj. Penney accumulated more than 1,000 hours in the F-16 Viper, including two combat tours in Iraq. She has assisted and evaluated other Air National Guard units during operational exercises and holds multiple Air Medals.

The public luncheon will begin at 11:30am and be held at the Westin Poinsett in Greenville. Individuals can register to attend or find more information about Clemson’s Leadership Summit by going online at or by calling 864-656-2200.

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