Saturday , 25 January 2020

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Overcoming Gender Obstacles

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Pescador, officer in charge of training at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan, congratulates nine Afghan Air Force students after passing the first milestone in their journey to becoming qualified pilots.  Through the training, future Afghan pilots get the language skills they need to take flight. But one student’s journey has lasted much longer than nine months, and what she …

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Wednesday Warfighter: First Female Thunderbird In Flight

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski has flown the F-15E as a member of five different fighter squadrons since 1999.  Here, she shares her experience as the first female Thunderbird pilot, serving as a White House Fellow and being the commander of the largest fighter training unit in the Air Force. [youtube BmYYmaxZNNg nolink] Video sourced from …

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Going ‘Where No African American Had Gone Before’

By Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Rojek, DMA From FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – She may never have traveled aboard an actual space shuttle, but in the 1960s Nichelle Nichols inspired a generation by boldly going where no African American had gone before. With the debut of “Star Trek” in 1966, Nichols’ role as Lt. Uhura not only broke racial barriers …

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Citizen Airman Leaves Mark as African-American Female Aviator

From FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – Heritage and horizons are among Air Force hallmarks, and Brig. Gen. Stayce D. Harris, currently the Air Force’s highest ranking black female aviator, said she is proud to play a part in both. As a Citizen Airman in the Air Force Reserve, Harris continues to leave her mark in the military and civilian …

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Star Trek Fan Becomes First African-American Female to Fly U-2

From FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – By the time Merryl Tengesdal graduated from the Navy’s flight aviation program in 1994, the early women aviation pioneers like Bessie Coleman, Janet Bragg, Willa Brown and Mae Jemison had pretty much broken the barriers for race and gender. But after the Bronx native switched to the Air Force a decade later, she …

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