by Rich Lamance, Defense Media Activity Air Force Production
edited by Meredith March, Defense Media Activity Air Force Production
Female Airmen have come a long way in seven decades.
While women were allowed to serve in just two official Army Air Corps women’s aviation units more than 70 years ago, they currently comprise nearly 20 percent of the active-duty Air Force.
Each day this month, AF.mil is celebrating female Air Force pioneers by showcasing a woman or women’s organization that made an impact on the service.
The series began with Col. Jeannie Leavitt, the Air Force’s first female fighter pilot and later the service’s first woman to graduate from the Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Last year, Leavitt became the Air Force’s first female combat wing commander.
Other profiles will include Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, the Air Force’s first female four-star general, and Sheila Widnall, the first female Secretary of the Air Force.
To read all of profiles in the series, go to AF.mil’s Women’s History Month page.
March is already upon us. Can you believe it? Here is a great Week in Photos to start off the month!
Photo: A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refueler aircraft refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft over the Pacific Ocean during Exercise Cope North 2012, Feb. 16, 2012. The exercise was the latest in a series of multinational exercises designed to enhance each coalition air operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Asha Kin)
By Airman 1st Class Christopher Gere
Whether they man the gate, respond to an installation distress, or go outside the wire, Security Forces Airmen make sure they know how to get the job done. Thanks to their constant training, they can mix in with Soldiers and Marines to take the fight to the enemy. If you like this picture, you should like the rest in the Air Force Week in Photos.
Photo: U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 169th Security Forces Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., respond to security threats to an aircraft during joint exercise Operation Rita February 2, 2012. Security forces members were transported by South Carolina Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawks to a destination near the alleged activity to begin their reconnaissance mission. Operation Rita was conducted to emphasize the importance of security forces members’ need to be familiar with Army aviation as well as loading and unloading from active helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Cook)
Photo: A U.S. Air Force B-1 Lancer bomber aircraft assigned to the 77th Weapons Squadron departs for a Nov. 3, 2011, training mission during the integrated tactics phase of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 77th Weapons Squadron, part of the weapons school, provides instructional flying and tactics training for students piloting the B-1 Lancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman)
Photo: A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft simulates its air to ground capabilities during the 2011 Aviation Nation Open House on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 12, 2011. Aviation Nation celebrates 70 years of airpower in Las Vegas and the Air Force’s accomplishments in air, space and cyberspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bob Sommer)