Mount Hood Aviation Profile
Full Name: Emily Beale
Occupation: lead pilot Mount Hood Aviation
Hair Color: straight blond
Eye Color: blue
Originally from: Washington D.C.
Describe yourself in 100 words or less:
West Point graduate, age 20. The Screaming Eagles of 101st Airborne, 5 years. Captain, then major, SOAR—the Night Stalkers of the Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Retired honorably from military service on account of unplanned pregnancy with my husband. Lead Firehawk pilot Mount Hood Aviation firefighting since that time. What else do you want to know?
What is the hardest part of your job? What is the most rewarding?
One of the greatest challenges of being in command is, paradoxically, not to command. When I see that one of my pilots has guided themselves to exceed any prior definitions of personal excellence, then I know I have achieved what I set out to do.
When not working, how do you spend your time?
My top priorities are my husband and my child.
If money was no object and you had 3 weeks of vacation what would you do with your time?
My husband likes to fish. I would take him to the best trout stream on the planet, which may well be the one that runs through his parents’ Montana ranch. I would be sure to bring a good book. Perhaps several…he does enjoy his fishing.