Celebrity Speaker Nicole Malachowski is a retired U.S. Air Force Officer. Nicole was chosen as the first female officer to fly as part of the Thunderbirds, which is the USAF Air Force Demonstration Squadron. Malachowski was also well known for advocating for veterans of women pilots, specifically those who served during World War II.
Her love for flying started at a young age, as Nicole gained a lot of flight experience in high school. In high school, she participated in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, as well as the Civil Air Patrol. After high school, Nicole went to the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, and she ranked 124th out of 922 in her class after graduation. At the U.S. Air Force Academy she was a pilot and cadet instructor pilot, and after her graduation she attended Columbus AFB, Mississippi for undergraduate pilot training, where she finished fourth in her class.
Malachowski flew 26 combat missions and served a few operational tours, and then was accepted to be a Thunderbird in 2005, where she was the first female officer to fly as part of the squadron. From 2008 to 2009, Nicole was chosen to be a White House Fellow, working with the Presidential Transition Support Team, as well as the Deputy Chief of Staff. In the White House, she participated in a ceremony which was signed into law by Obama to award a Congressional Gold Medal to former Women Airforce Service Pilots. In addition, she worked with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as the Executive Director for the ‘Joining Forces’ Initiative. Malachowski advised them on employment, mental health, education, homelessness, and much more for those who have served or currently serve, and military families in general.
Celebrity Speaker Nicole Malachowski unfortunately had to retire after 21 years of service after she was diagnosed with a tick-borne illness, which left her unable to do her job. Throughout her career she received a multitude of notable awards and honors, and flew over 2,100 hours. She is married to Paul Malachowski, who also retired from the U.S. Air Force, and the two have twins, Norah and Garrick who were born in 2010.