She was the first Native American female to graduate from the Army Rotary Wing (Helicopter) School at Fort Rucker, Alabama and the first female helicopter pilot for the Oklahoma Army National Guard and her image is forever immortalized in a painting honoring women in the military. And recently, retired Maj. Vicki (Glass) Jones, Quapaw, Seneca-Cayuga and Cherokee, was recognized as Oklahoma Women Veteran of the Year for her contributions to the veteran community.
The Guthrie, Oklahoma native, received the honor proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
The Heritage of Valor painting in which she was a model, was done in 1997 by Senator/Chief Kelly Haney, Seminole, depicting a Native American Woman in a battle stance in her native Seneca dress with a view of a modern military woman in a flight helmet in the background in honor of all women veterans past, present and future. The painting is on display in the Native American Alcove of the 45th Division Museum in Oklahoma City.
Jones said she is humbled by being selected as the model. “To be allowed to honor Lady Warriors both past and present is something I will always hold close to my heart. As I sat for the painting, I was always aware of the women who had served before me. And I was always aware of those who will serve their home and country in the future. If the painting is in some small way an inspiration to my sister warriors, I am very pleased.”
Jones and her spouse of 15 years, Paul, have been involved with Meals on Wheels and the Patriot Guard Riders in the community. She thanked the Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization for the nomination.