Former Air Force pilot, Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, met with a group of Page voters at the Ranch House Grille last Thursday and shared with them the role she hopes to play if she’s elected to Congress. Her visit to Page was her first stop on a nine-day campaign tour of northern Arizona.
“I want to give President Trump backup,” she told the two dozen people gathered to hear her. Rogers told them she was an early Trump supporter, and still is.
Many of her Congressional goals align with Trump’s goals, she said.
“My first and foremost goal is to absolutely build the wall,” she said. “The wall is needed to protect ourselves and our sovereignty.”
Her other top goals include ending sanctuary cites, cutting government spending and fixing the Veterans Administration. She said one of her methods for cutting government spending would be to “merge and purge” by combining the Department of Education with the Department of Labor.
Rogers told the crowd that she’s a lifetime member of the NRA and will do everything in her power to protect the Second Amendment.
“We have to watch out for these little erosions of our gun rights, masked as school safety,” she said.
She told the crowd another of her to priorities will be helping Republicans overturn Roe v. Wade, and compared abortion to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
“I believe life begins at conception,” she said.
Rogers proudly told the people who had gathered to hear her that she was a fifth-generation veteran with ancestors serving in American wars dating back to the American Civil War.
Rogers earned her wings in 1981 becoming one of the first 100 women pilots. Following her Air Force jet training Rogers piloted worldwide airlift and humanitarian missions in a C-141 transport jet for several years. In Europe she piloted Air Force C-21 Learjets and led three different operational divisions at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Europe.
“It’s a privilege to serve (in the military),” she said. “It’s our first to serve. We serve because we love our country and we expect to be put in harm’s way.”
After retiring from the military she and her husband Hal opened their own home inspection business, something they’ve done for 21 years. She said her career as a home inspector was good preparation for a possible seat in congress.
“As home inspectors, we had an obligation to tell homeowners the truth about the condition of their house, even if it was bad news,” she said.
Rogers earned her B.A. from Michigan State University.
She went on to receive her master's in social work from the University of Alabama. She also received her master's in national security studies from California State San Bernardino. She has also worked as a Clinical Social Worker.
Rogers is running in the 1st Congressional District of Arizona, a position currently held by Democrat Tom O’Halleran.Primary elections will be held Aug. 28. The general election will be held Nov. 6.