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Kelly Flinn author of Proud to Be My Life The Air Force The Controversy was born on December 23 1970 in St Louis Missouri When she was 12 she moved to Atlanta Georgia She graduated from high school in 1989 On June 29 1989 she entered the United States Air Force Academy and began her active-duty career in the US Air Force She graduated form the Academy on June 2 1993 and then went on the Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base In September 1995 she was the Distinguished Graduate in her B-52 formal Training Unit She was then stationed at Minot Air Force Base North Dakota On May 28 1997 Kelly J Flinn resigned from active duty instead of facing a court martial Growing up wasnt always easy for Kelly She was the baby of the family with four older brothers and sisters Sitting in Catholic school she tried to be the cute little girl she was supposed to be but on the playground she was a terror At the age of 5 she joined her first soccer league which happened to be a boys team Things stayed the same way until she got to high school She began to notice boys and began to date No one in her family had ever talked to her about the birds and the bees or even about dating Instead independence self-reliance and strength were the most important things If they had problems they worked it out on their own This served her poorly when she found herself in trouble with the Air Force years later pg 9 When Kelly was 15 she went to Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama She found out how much she loved space and the challenge and the control she experienced After Space Camp she knew what she had to do and how to do it She was going to go to
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