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Fighter Pilot & Founder of Athena's Voice


Tammy Barlette is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, fighter pilot and unmanned aircraft pilot. She has flown several different planes, accumulating more than 3000 total flying hours.

Tammy spent 20 years in the Air Force. During her aviation career, she flew as an instructor in both the T-37 Tweet and the T-38 Talon. She also flew close air support in the mighty A-10 Warthog while stationed at Osan Airbase in South Korea.

After an aircraft injury that required cervical spine reconstruction, Tammy transitioned to flying unmanned aircraft, accumulating over 1500 hours of combat support time in the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper. She became a top leader in the unmanned aircraft community, graduating in the first remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) class from the prestigious US Air Force Weapons School.

Tammy and her husband, a federal agent, reside in Tucson, Arizona with their three children. She retired from the Air Force in 2018, becoming a professional speaker, and also founding Athena’s Voice, a women veteran speaker collective featuring female military pilots with powerful stories to share.

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A Mission Focused Mindset: How to avoid bailing out when circumstances get tough.

Tammy Barlette, retired Lieutenant Colonel and Air Force fighter pilot, shares her stories of triumph, struggle, and courage, highlighting the importance of a mission-focused mindset. Facing her fair share of challenges as one of few women (often the only), Tammy earned her place among the “bros” of the fighter pilot world. Although her achievements speak for themselves, the road to success was not an easy one.

A mission-focused mindset requires hard work and laser focus, all while battling the ever-present enemy of self-doubt. Learn how to shift your focus away from challenging circumstances and see the big picture, despite the obstacles and trials you may face. Just like bailing out of a jet is a last-ditch effort, learn how to approach life’s challenges with that same tenacious mindset.

- How to create a perseverance mindset
- Preparation and its relationship to perseverance
- Emotional intelligence and how to capitalize on it in order to keep going
- Why and how to establish a NO QUIT mentality
I hired Tammy to speak to about 100 of our top performers. She was excellent! She was well prepared, had a very engaging speaking style and the team loved her. Many said she was the best external speaker we have ever brought in to speak to the team. Gartner

I hired Tammy Barlette to speak at a company-sponsored event. She immediately connected with the audience using a powerful and genuine storytelling style of communication. She kept our employees, customers, partners, and guests fully engaged by weaving life experiences, military and non-military, with messages of perseverance and discipline. Maintaining an unwavering optimistic inner voice when experiencing imposter syndrome, or having doubts about accomplishing your objective, was a consistent theme that resonated with everyone in attendance. Several audience members approached me afterward to express how moved they were by Tammy's talk, particularly her "fail out before you bail out" overtone. As one of those in the audience, I, too, was inspired and enlightened by her speech. I recommend hiring Ms. Barlette to speak to your organization, group, or teammates. She will exceed your expectations.

GuardSight Inc.

I hired Tammy to speak at a Women & Leadership Australia symposium and we were so pleased with how polished and professional she was. All the participants were totally engaged and were hanging on her every word. She had wonderful storytelling skills, and expertly kept the audience engaged every step of the way.


I recently hired Tammy as a keynote speaker for an event that switched from in-person to virtual. Not only did she anticipate what we would need to deliver equal impact, she handled changes with grace. And most importantly, the reviews of her delivery and content were all 10s. One attendee even re-watched the session twice after the initial viewing! Highly recommend Tammy for corporate or motivational events.

Charlie Bravo Aviation
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