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Vet Girls ROCK: Celebrating Women’s History

Vet Girls ROCK: Celebrating Women’s History

Story by SSgt Nicholas Brown on 02/22/2019

Vet Girls ROCK: Celebrating Women’s History
By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brown
15th Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii–On July 8, 1948, Esther McGowin Blake made history and paved the way for all women when she enlisted in the Air Force on the first minute of the first hour of the first day regular Air Force duty was authorized for women. For many, serving in the Air Force and flying has been a challenging and rewarding career.

“Flying is the coolest job ever,” said Capt. Teri Boivin, 535th Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III instructor pilot. “However, there are not a lot of women in who do it. But it’s definitely worth it and it’s definitely something that I wish more women would pursue, and I wish more women would understand that this is an option for them.”

According to the Air Forces Personnel Center, as of Dec. 31, 2018, 20.3 percent of Air Force members are women and 749 are serving as pilots.

For those interested in aviation careers, there are several career choices. From air battle managers to navigation, women have excelled in every aspect of aviation.

“Gender does not limit you, and just look around and see all the women who are doing such extraordinary things,” said Boivin. “Women are just as smart and just as capable and there’s absolutely nothing holding you back from that.”

While some look for adventure, others look to flying for the friendship and team building it brings.

“Having camaraderie with other female veterans is awesome,” said Capt. Susan Weeks, 535th AS C-17 pilot. “It’s easy to build camaraderie when you have that same background and that same baseline as everyone else. It gives us something to relate to, commiserate and celebrate together.”

The contributions women have made throughout the years is apparent in all walks of life, and the Air Force is no exception. With the observation of Women’s History Month in March, the 15th Wing would like to remind everyone that not even the sky can limit your potential.

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