I’m sharing this essay to honor my friend Linda, as well as showcase my oldest daughter. I had the honor of serving alongside Linda with Talons Out Honor Flight. She was taken from us on May 10, 2017. Ava, a 6th grader, chose Linda as the subject of end-of-year essay. Here is her essay.
A Hero’s Tale by Ava Moyle
Jesus came to serve, not to be served. Linda was a great example of this standard, she went and served her country, church, community, and veterans. Linda was humble, kind, compassionate, a servant to God and leader, but didn’t think she was anyone special. She even continues to serve in death. She was an organ donor and her corneas went to a person in need. She is a hero.
Linda McTague was born on November 22, 1957 and died on May 10, 2017. Her parents were David and Carolyn McTague, and her brother was Mark Baker, who passed away in late 2016. She went to LaMora Park Elementary School, North Western Jr. High School, graduated in 1975 from Battle Creek Central High School, then graduated from Kellogg Community College in 1977 with an Associate of Arts, and also Florida International University in 1979 and 1980 with Bachelor of Arts and master of science degrees.
General McTague represented her country by fighting for freedom. She was the first woman from Michigan to be an Air Force pilot. She was the first woman in the country to command an Air National Guard Fighter Wing. During her military career, Linda had 6,000 flight hours in military trainer and VIP transport aircraft, commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels. General McTague retired as the commander of the District of Columbia Air National Guard. She was a graduate of Air War College and CAPSTONE after 28 years of serving as both a pilot and an aircraft maintenance officer. Her military decorations were many, including these top highest decorations: the Legion of Merit (with one Oak Leaf), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leafs), and the Air Medal.
Linda was a member of Ladies of Harley and was a board member of Talons Out Honor Flight. I had the honor of serving with her through Talons Out. For that brief time, I got to see her leadership skills, her patience, humility and commitment. I noticed she was quiet, but a leader. It was an honor to get to know her, for however brief it was.