The Real-Life Starbuck: 1st Lt. Miranda Brasko

U.S. Air Force officer admires show's details

I’m a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Air Force, a newly winged Combat Systems Officer (backseater) who will fly the B-1B Lancer. I am a huge “Starbuck” fan, and it was quite fitting that at my naming ceremony, where new aviators get their call signs, my squadronmates christened me Starbuck. I was thrilled.


From the military perspective, I am very impressed with the subtle details that the “BSG” staff portrays in the show — little things that only military members would recognize are spot-on.


As a female aviator, I am also inspired by the women pilots who are tough, quick and confident, yet also maintain their femininity.


My favorite episode is “Scar” because it embodies the true essence of the warrior spirit. In the episode, two hotshot female pilots battle against each other to see who can defeat the Cylon raider known as Scar and are determined to seek vengeance on the enemy that has shot down their squadronmates. Their mission becomes a personal fight to restore the honor of the fallen and to prove to each other that they are capable and dependable wingmen in combat.


I think many military personnel can relate to this. We train hard and push ourselves beyond our limits so that we don’t let down our brothers and sisters in arms. As an officer, I took an oath to defend principles, ideals and values — the American way of life. But in the end, I train hard so that my squadronmates — the people I see and work with every day — are confident that I can get the job done and keep them safe. I trust in them to do the same.


The episode ends with Scar defeated and a raucous party in the squadron bar. However, the celebration turns somber when the crew is reminded of the pilots who cannot raise their glasses with them. They toast to the memory of their comrades and remember that at any moment, they may be called upon to give the ultimate sacrifice. The business of war is ugly thing.



1st Lt. Miranda Brasko, U.S. Air Force

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