“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney was a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and 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, Fla., then at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, where she flew the T-34C Turbo Mentor. She continued on to NAS Meridian, Miss., flying the T-45 Goshawk on the road to becoming a jet pilot, earning her Wings of Gold in February 2012. Valerie was an EA-6B Prowler pilot in Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. She 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. Her military decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. She was married to fellow USNA classmate and Navy Growler pilot, Sean Delaney. They made their home in Anacortes, Wash., where they enjoyed the outdoors. Valerie’s call sign was “Mom”, reflecting the caring attitude she had towards her fellow pilots. Valerie was a loving daughter, sister, wife and friend. She 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!”