Capt. Zoe Kotnik Fired as F-16 Viper Chief After 2 Weeks

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Zoe Kotnik


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Zoe Kotnik pictured on her Instagram web page.

Zoe Kotnik, the primary girl to move the F-16 Viper demonstration crew, has been relieved of her command. An announcement from Col. Derek O’Malley of the 20th Fighter Wing mentioned that Captain Kotnik, 30, was eliminated as a result of Col. O’Malley had “misplaced confidence in her skill to guide the crew.”

The colonel went on to say, “Nearly as good individuals, like Capt. Kotnik make errors, I would like them to have the chance to study from them with out being beneath public scrutiny, and to proceed to be part of this nice service.” Col. O’Malley referred to this being a “troublesome time for Capt. Kotnik, however she’s surrounded by wingmen that may assist her each step of the way in which.” The assertion concludes with the colonel saying that Main John “Rain” Waters can be restored to guide the crew.


Kotnik Was Elevated to Commander on January 29

There was no elaboration on the rationale for Kotnik’s removing. In line with Kotnik’s official Air Power profile, she goes by the decision signal “SiS.” That biography say that Kotnik graduated in 2011 from the Air Power Academy, the place Kotnik studied science and economics. Kotnik earned her wings in 2013. Between February 2015 and 2016, Kotnik was deployed to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea. On January 29, the Viper Demonstration Group introduced Kotnik had been named as the brand new commander in a Marvel Comics fashion video. Kotnik’s first present as commander was slated to be at Naval Air Station Key West in Florida in March.


Kotnik Refers to Herself on Instagram as a ‘Chick Fighter Pilot’ & ‘Girly Lady’

As information of her removing grew to become public, Kotnik deleted her Instagram web page. Her final seen publish confirmed her goofing round with Main John “Rain” Waters’ son. Kotnik wrote within the caption, “Sorry @rainwaters27, your loved ones is coming with me on the highway this 12 months… 😜 Simply kidding… however significantly. This was too cute to not share.” On her Instagram bio, Kotnik wrote, “Chick Fighter Pilot-Zoomie ‘11-Girly Lady-Traveler-Adventurer-Thrill Seeker-Foodie .Life.Household.Flying.Open air. 🇺🇸Purple, White, Blue🇺🇸.” In September 2010, Kotnik was a part of The Wings of Blue Air Power Parachute Demonstration Group who gained the U.S. Parachute Affiliation Nationwide Skydiving Championships.

Kotnik is a graduate of Poynette Excessive Faculty in Poynette, Wisconsin, 25 miles north of Madison.

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