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Air Force family celebrates Women's History Month

Women in the Air Force are featured this month on Air Force Link with photos, media presentations and downloadable posters. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

Women in the Air Force are featured this month on Air Force Link with photos, media presentations and downloadable posters. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

SAN ANTONIO -- Throughout history, women in the military have made significant contributions. This is especially true in the Air Force whether they are flying A-10 Thunderbolt IIs or commanding thousands of Airmen.

Women's History Month officially started in March 2000 by order of President Clinton when he signed a presidential proclamation highlighting women of the past and future. He encouraged all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities, and to remember throughout the year the many contributions of courageous women who have made this nation strong.

Air Force women who have made a difference include Marty Wyall, serving in the Women Airforce Service Pilots; Betty Gillies, the first woman pilot to qualify for the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron; Sergeant Vanessa Sheffield, a C-130 Hercules maintainer back in the '70s when there weren't many women in the maintenance career field; and 2nd Lt. Raquel Dronenburg, currently training to be an unmanned aircraft operator. And these are just four of the thousands of women who have helped make this the greatest Air Force in the world.

Air Force designers have created a special Women's History Month page on Air Force Link that will highlight not only the print and video stories run on Air Force Link during the month, but also feature special slideshows and a poster and wallpaper download area.