Capt. April Santos, a Houston native, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot, and commander of the Company B “Jokers,” 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, poses for a photo March 20 outside a Black Hawk at Hood Army Airfield. Through hard work and persistence, she overcame many hurdles to make it through flight school as a single mother.

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