Jalen Norwood attended Selma High school in Selma, Alabama. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force Academy where he majors in Aeronautical Engineering. He plans on doing four years there and later becoming a B-1 bomber pilot for the U.S Air Force, where he dreams to serve for twenty years before retiring to become a commercial pilot. In high school, Jalen was a Drum Major in his school’s marching band and Jazz band, he was also Operations Commander in his JROTC unit, Captain of his JROTC Sabor Team, and a member of the Track & Field team, Robotics team, tech team, and a part of the Mayor’s youth city council. He was also a congressional nominee for the service academies represented by Congresswoman, Ms. Terri Swell.
The inspiration that pushed Jalen to earn his Private Pilot License was the passion he had to become a pilot since a little boy; it has always been his dream to fly. Jalen’s father influenced him to join the military because he wanted to fall under his footsteps in addition to protecting and serving his proud nation. Jalen has so much gratitude for the Red Tails Scholarship Foundation because it helped and continues to help him get closer to his dreams.