Captain Haida StarEagle – Space Force Gains Historic Intelligence Officer

By Faye Higbee

Captain Haida StarEagle is a 17 year veteran of the US Air Force. A small ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis on March 12 marked a new adventure for the first female Native American to be accepted into the Space Force. She serves as the flight commander of training in the 36th Intelligence Squadron at JBLE, and was selected for the Space Force in December. She will remain at her current post until her new title and duty station orders arrive. She was destined for the stars at birth.

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chandler Baker

She is the most motivated person I’ve met in my 12 years of service. Her commitment to her Airmen is at a level I’ve never seen before. While we are losing an amazing Captain, the Space Force is gaining one and we’re just so proud of her.

Master Sgt. Ryan Ritchey, 36th IS chief of training.

Capt StarEagle is a member of the Matinecock Tribe of Long Island, New York. Her father, Chief Samuel Little Fox, is currently the Shaman of all 13 tribes of Long Island. When she was born, the Shaman of the tribe at the time told her father that she was destined for the stars. He pinned her with the new occupational badge at the March 21 ceremony. She hopes to make him and her tribe proud.

My entire life has been focused toward the stars, and joining the Space Force puts me one step closer to following that dream…

My father told me when I was younger that I must find my own way and figure out how to leave a legacy for our tribe. Joining the Space Force and continuing to serve is the best way to leave my mark within my tribe, create a legacy for my people, and make my father proud…

…To live is to risk it all. Otherwise, you’re just an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows you. Don’t waste your opportunity; don’t waste your shot. Just believe in yourself, because everyone else already believes in you.

Captain StarEagle

Captain StarEagle is touted as highly intelligent, motivated, and a “phenomenal” leader. She is most certainly not “an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows.”

The Space Force hopes to triple their membership to 6,400 by the end of the year, according to

StarEagle was chosen in December to change branches — one of 3,600 additional members selected for transfer in common specialties, or jobs that fit both the Air Force and Space Force, including those in intelligence, cyber, acquisition and engineering.

We wish her great success.


Featured photo: Captain StarEagle received her new occupational badge at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. Photo by USAF Staff Sgt. Chandler Baker

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