Commentary

March 28, 2014

Five reasons it’s awesome to be a woman in the Air Force

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Autumn Velez
7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

Commentary_pict
As a woman myself, I may be biased, but there are numerous reasons why it’s awesome to be a woman, definitely one that serves her country. In honor of National Women’s History Month, here are five reasons why it is awesome to be a woman in the Air Force.

  1. 1. Women haven’t always been able to serve
    When President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act on June 12, 1948, women were finally able to serve in the armed forces. This act allowed women to become permanent members of the military. Before this, women, with the exception to nurses, were only allowed to serve during wartime.
  2. 2. No more barriers
    As women, we are often seen as inferior to men. The playing ground was leveled in early 2013 when Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, lifted the Department of Defense ban on women serving in combat. Even though implementations are still in progress, expect to see strong, capable women in combat in the near future.
  3. 3. Zero gender setbacks
    In the United States, military pay and career opportunities are based on skill and rank, not gender. Women are not only given the liberty to serve alongside men, but they are also given the chance to soar above them.
  4. 4. Women can have it all
    Often, women are told they cannot have it all, that they cannot have a full-time career and a family, but this isn’t true. Women that serve are able to be Airmen, wives and mothers if they choose to do so. There are no limits on the capabilities of a woman in the Air Force, especially when she has her Air Force family standing behind her.
  5. 5. Women rock
    Just being a woman, on its own, is an awesome thing. The fact that women are able to give back to their country in an equal capacity as men is phenomenal. In and out of uniform, female Airmen are women of character, courage and commitment. They are the ones writing history each and every day.



All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DoD photo by Casper Manlangit

Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at t...
 
 

CSAF utilizes new technologies to engage with Airmen

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Chief of Staff of the Air Force Mark A. Welsh III teamed up with Google to launch a live discussion with Airmen from bases around the world, using video chat technology. Airmen asked both the general and his wife, Betty Welsh, questions about Air Force life, ranging anywhere from future mission and...
 
 
George A. Smith

Culture shock: Returning to America after 26 years

George A. Smith German autobahn drivers get to drive as fast as they want. In Southern California, it’s good they can’t. When I first came to Southern California after living 26 years in Germany, I heard questions from tann...
 

 
HBI--New-You-2015-150px

Tips to help keep your New Year’s resolution

New Year’s resolutions are easier to make than to keep, especially when it comes to dieting. While life can often seem at odds with your health and fitness goals, there are plenty of ways to avoid common pitfalls this new yea...
 
 
DoD-safety-pic

Safety, common sense help ensure happy holidays

I’ve always felt there are two important things to keep in mind during the holidays: Don’t let baby mistake the light-up nose on your Rudolph decoration for her “Baby’s 1st Christmas” pacifier, and go easy on the rum ...
 
 

CAL FIRE warns of home heating dangers during winter storms

As a major winter storm prepares to hit California, CAL FIRE is reminding residents to take steps to heat their homes safely. While the cooler weather and rain is a welcomed event during a time of severe drought in California, it also means that many will need to turn on home heating sources to keep...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin