Nancy Wii, Papua New Guinea's first female commercial pilot, has become the first female commanding officer in the country's defence force. Her promotion comes at a time when the military and security of Papua New Guinea are under international scrutiny.
This ABC article by Natalie Whiting notes that:
- She grew up in a village as the eldest of 11 children and obtained a loan from her family to go to New Zealand and study, where she obtained her pilot's license.
- Australia and other nations have helped the unit get back into the skies.
- They provided essential training, maintenance, and logistical support to PNG's defence aviation industry.
- Wii has become the first female commanding officer in Papua New Guinea's defence force.