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Celebrating Veterans at Southwest


At Southwest, patriotism runs deep and we’re proud of the more than 7,500 veterans who we have the honor to also call our Cohearts. For Emily Estapa, the Director of the Network Operations Control Network, a life in aviation was always in the cards.



The daughter of a retired U.S. Airforce member turned airline Pilot, Emily always wanted a career that would allow her to serve our great country and be around airplanes. Emily fulfilled this dream when she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and then later joined the Southwest Family.


Thank you, Emily, and all veterans around the world for your courage and service to our country!