Alexis Federico stands near a decommissioned Marine aircraft that will be included in a future aviation museum. Photo by Daniel Langhorne for The Christian Science Magazine.

Alexis Federico stands near a decommissioned Marine aircraft that will be included in a future aviation museum. Photo by Daniel Langhorne for The Christian Science Monitor.

This National Military Appreciation Month, we recognize BKLW Senior Associate Alexis Paschedag Federico, who is not only a stellar attorney and client advocate, but also deeply active in the local veteran and military communities.

A decorated combat helicopter pilot, Alexis flew in Afghanistan for the United States Marine Corps. She serves as the Chair of the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council (“OCVAC”), which advises the Orange County Board of Supervisors on issues of importance to veterans and their families. In 2022, Alexis was recognized by Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley in the inaugural Women Making a Difference Award for her work with OCVAC and the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group Advisory Brigade. Her pro bono work includes international refugee assistance, including securing an immigration visa for a former Afghan interpreter and assisting his wife and mother flee Kabul after the Taliban took over. She also secured asylum for a female Fulbright scholar from Kabul University.

Alexis was recently featured in The Christian Science Monitor for her work as a board member of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, which is building a Marine Corps aviation museum in Irvine, and for her passion for promoting diversity in the Armed Forces.

“One of the things I’m passionate about on the board is making sure there’s representation,” Alexis told The Christian Science Monitor. “It’s great to have museums that reflect what the military looked like back then, but the military looks very different now. It’s a lot more diverse, and you want that reflected not just because you hope some child is going to grow up and want to be a Marine aviator, aircraft mechanic, or logistician. Whatever they do in life, you want them to walk [into the museum] and be like, ‘Wow, there’s a woman doing that’ or ‘Wow, that person looks like me.’”

We want to thank Alexis for her service to our country and her continued service to the community. We thank all service members past and present for their contributions and sacrifice.

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