"There is one woman in the class. A person of great drive, beauty, and excellent marksmanship."―Dale Cooper[src]
At the academy, Masters was partnered with Dale Cooper during a simulation of a hostage situation on September 26, 1977. During the exercise, Cooper made a mistake that would have cost Masters her life had it not been a simulation. Masters later joined Cooper in the academy's hall of honor as he reflected on the failed training exercise.
Masters was given valedictorian honors at hers and Cooper's graduation, the first woman to do so. Cooper noted that she was given the honor instead of him because of "her masterful use of the machine gun."