Growing up, Laura dreamed of becoming an Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot like her two aunts. She attended the University of North Dakota on an ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) scholarship, where she earned her fixed-wing private pilot's license and a degree in Air Traffic Control with a minor in Military Science. After college, she commissioned into the Army National Guard as a 2nd Lieutenant and went to the Army's flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. There, she earned her commercial and instrument ratings in the UH-60 Blackhawk. Her part-time status in the National Guard allowed her to apply to become an FAA Air Traffic Controller, which brought her to Champaign, IL, where she is working at her first tower. Laura's careers as an Air Traffic Controller and an Army pilot compliment each other well and allow her to provide insight to each profession. One of the things Laura liked the most about ACE camp is that it shows campers the breadth and depth of the aviation industry, and all of the careers that are involved.