Living Inspiration: First Black Female Combat Pilot and Author Vernice Armour

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What are some of the greatest lessons you’ve learned throughout your career? And when did you realize, you could use these lessons to help other people?

The foundational ones we just talked about, acknowledge the obstacles but don’t give them power, refusing to settle even in the smallest of moments. And really you have to a strong mind. Inevitably change is going to happen but it’s what you do about it, it’s how you deal with it. If you do what average people do, you have what average people have. I don’t want to be average do you? That right there is huge because most people will say they don’t want to live average, which is paycheck to paycheck, struggling or if you lost your job, you’re in a bad situation. If we look around America today, people are one paycheck or one job from losing their life, bankruptcy and their home. If you asked the average person, if they wanted to live like that, they would say no but they’re doing the same things everybody else is doing. So how can we break ourselves out from the pack.

And I knew I wanted to be a philanthropist and a police officer. When I was a little kid I said I wanted to be a philanthropist as well. Most people aren’t philanthropists and don’t have a lot of money to do that. So I knew I was going to have to carve out something different to enable me to be able to do that. So when I became a police officer, I didn’t think I was doing anything different. When I became a combat pilot I didn’t really feel like I was doing something different. Plenty people have joined the service. Really the giving back came along that way because I’ve always been a public servant and I’ve always spoken to youth organizations. And when I got back from Iraq, I wasn’t asking people to come speak, they were now asking me to come speak and saying, ‘How did you do this, how did you do that at such a young age. Talk to my organization about the process you used to create breakthroughs.

What I quickly found out is that people wanted to create breakthroughs, but many of them just didn’t know how, they didn’t have a plan to get there. And when I was sharing experiences and answering questions just like this, I kept hearing myself saying the same thing, the same thing, the same thing.  Where I was really able to nail down that process, which later became the book, “Zero to Breakthrough.”

I believe everyone, and this came from my great uncle,  is here—the only reason—the purpose, everybody’s running around saying, why am I here, what’s my purpose in life. Everybody has the same purpose, to help each other and bless each other. How we specifically do that, that is the uniqueness that we bring to the planet, that uniqueness that no one before us or after us will have. Only I can bring what I am specifically bringing. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other speakers that means that I have my own personal slant on it. The stuff that is in my blood, is what I pray to share before I leave this place.


You’ve been a police officer, a combat pilot, you’re a motivational speaker, philanthropist, author, so what’s next for you?

All I need to do is get Jada Pinkett to play me in a full length feature. Life would be complete.


Is there anything else you want to add?

It’s a journey and us growing together. I created a virtual community on Facebook and it’s called ‘The Ready Room.’ Where I do live broadcasting and answer questions. I’m also on Twitter @0tobreakthrough. I want people to know “I’m not one of those people that they just see on t.v. but no where else. “ And if I can be a leader for my community, then I’m here.

You HAVE permission to Engage and you are… CLEARED HOT. In combat you wait for permission to engage. I want people to know you “have”  permission — that permission is inside of you.

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