MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. --
With my retirement just around the corner, I can’t help but reflect on the many changes, wonderful experiences and lifelong friendships during my military career.
One notable and inspiring change is that nearly 15 percent of all military forces are now women! When I first enlisted as an active duty Airman, this was not the case. It was a rare sight to see a female Senior Master Sgt. or Chief Master Sgt. Although I entered the U.S. Air Force on the cusp of change, and there was a wide acceptance of females in military roles, women were not yet authorized to fly on a combat aircraft. I was the only female avionics technician for the tail-gunnery fire control system, and the only Airman not allowed to troubleshoot in-flight errors with the system. Many thanks to the brave women who paved the way for me and female fighter pilots that are able to guard the skies and combat the enemy.
My career in the military has been extraordinary. I cannot imagine any other job or career that teaches you a trade, supports continued education and provides you with life skills. I’ve had the privilege to work in 5 different career fields and earn 4 college degrees. All with the encouragement and support from my military colleagues while serving the country that I love. I’ve had the strongest of friendships and experienced camaraderie that is unsurpassed by any civilian occupation I have ever held.
I hope you all feel the same way and stay engaged in your dedication to duty. The military has been a great learning experience with a vast array of opportunities. I encourage each of you to stay focused, keep your mind on the missions and you will discover that you will get out of it what you put into it. I give my Swamp Fox family heartfelt gratitude for the support I have received over the past 25 years. I wish you all many blessings and great memories to share.
Watch this video from the Air Force Heritage series and remember---
Do not repeat after us- Do better!
Air Force Heritage - Oath of Office
Aim High Airman!