I never meant to be a pilot. I wanted to be a mom, and, along the way, do the best at whatever I set out to accomplish. —Lt. Col. Lisa Berente

SALT LAKE CITY — As Mother’s Day approaches, one local mom and pilot with the 191st Air Refueling Squadron will reflect on her service as a mother and military member with release of the new book "Military Fly Moms."

Lt. Col. Lisa Berente, of Draper, is one of more than 70 military aviator moms whose  stories of sacrifice and service are featured in the book authored by Linda Maloney.

“I never meant to be a pilot,” said Berente. “I wanted to be a mom, and, along the way, do the best at whatever I set out to accomplish.” 

Throughout her 22-year career, Berente has served and flown KC-135 air refueling missions in support of Operation Northern Watch in Turkey, Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedoms in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most recently Operations Odyssey Dawn in Libya, to name a few.    

“When people ask me how I can do it, all I say is, ‘I don’t do it all,’ and I picture laundry that’s been sitting on my sofa chair for so long that my children have outgrown them,” said Berente. “I do fess up eventually and point out that I really couldn’t have any of this without my husband.”    

"Military Fly Moms" was published in February. For more information, visit www.lindaheidmaloney.com