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Louisville native rises through the ranks in the Air Force

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Once considered a pretty rare feat, a Louisville native rises her way through the ranks within the Air Force.

"I am here because they never told me I couldn't. They never told me that's silly. They never told me stop it. They never told me, you're a girl," said Col. Liesl Carter.

Call her Colonel Liesl Carter.

Her promotion ceremony was held Saturday at Bowman Field where her flying career began back at the age of 16.

Serving for 23 years, Carter is an Air Force reservist and flies for UPS.

Her father was a marine and retired as a Captain in the Navy.

Her grandfather served in the Army and in the Kentucky National Guard.

"It's something that you don't anticipate but you're pleased to take part in it. It's great. She's our favorite," said Arthur Raderer, Carter's grandfather.

Carter was at the Pentagon on September 11th.

She helped in the recovery efforts.

Though she's from Louisville, Carter now lives in Alaska.

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