“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney served as an EA-6B Prowler pilot in Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA. She was a 2009 graduate of the Naval Academy who majored in Aerospace Engineering. She was instrumental in Navy Women’s Lacrosse rising from a club sport to an NCAA Division I competitive team.
Valerie began her flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL, then at NAS Corpus Christi, TX, where she flew the T-34C Turbo-Mentor. She continued on to NAS Meridian, MS, flying the T-45 Goshawk. Val earned her Wings of Gold in February of 2012, becoming a Navy jet pilot! She married fellow USNA classmate and Navy Growler pilot, Sean Delaney. They made their home in Anacortes, WA, where they enjoyed the outdoors.
Valerie was conducting a low-level flight training mission in eastern Washington state, when the jet she was piloting crashed, leaving no survivors. She was just 26 years old. Val is remembered as a person of great integrity, strong faith, and an unyielding compassion for all those she met. She faced all challenges with enthusiasm and her motto, Adapt and Overcome!