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Lt Col Siri Skare, Norwegian Female Pilot, Killed in UN Attack in Afghanistan

The Norwegian Defence Ministry named one of the victims as Lt. Col Siri Skare, a 53-year-old female pilot.   Skare is Norway’s first female officer to be killed in service in the war-torn nation.

Lt. Col. Siri Skare

Female pilot killed in Afghanistan

Skare, who finished her training as a pilot in 1983, had been working as a military adviser for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) since August of last year, according to the defense ministry. Those assigned to the UN are unarmed and work to provide aid and development assistance to civilians in Afghanistan, reported Aftenposten.no.

“She was a highly respected officer,” Morten Hagalund, second-in-command at the military operative headquarters, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Skare, age 53, was originally from Åndalsnes in the county of Møre og Romsdal, lived in Oslo, was married and had one child.

Siri Skare, 52, was a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Norwegian Air Force. In 1983, she became the first woman in Norway’s history to graduate as a military pilot. She flew Hercules 130’s and Orion aircrafts, supporting land and maritime operations. Besides degrees in political science and strategic studies, Siri was a 2010 graduate of the US Air Force’s War College. In 2008 she served as a staff officer at US Central Command in Florida.
Siri was seconded to UNAMA in August, 2010, as a military advisor. It was her second posting to Afghanistan.
Friends recall a person character who was a role model to other women and girls in Norway. She is the first female Norwegian military officer to be killed in Afghanistan. Friends describe Siri as motivated and positive, the type of person colleagues relished working alongside. Siri is survived by her daughter.

April 4, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues, United Nations | , , , , ,

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