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    give temporary custody of Dana and her sister to her mom Jimmie Bly so that she could complete basic training I thought my heart would break without my babies Aragon remembers Basic training taught me that you can do anything you have to do She did it and did it well Following basic at Lackland AFB TX this new airman resumed teaching K 7 in the Oklahoma public schools eventually becoming a principal and she worked as a draftsman apprentice during her drill weekends Hard work and determination proved to be the recipe for success for Aragon Within two and a half years she attended the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville TN the Air National Guard s commissioning program and received her commission as a second lieutenant She had found the security for which she was looking I joined for the financial security but I fell in love with the mission and the people she says It was like having 1 000 big brothers looking out for me and my girls I loved it then and I still love it now After nearly 30 years in blue the now major general has quite a resume She became the OK ANG s first woman commander when she assumed command of the 137th Services Flight at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in 1989 the first woman brigadier general in the OK ANG and the first woman commander of the OK ANG both in 2003 A highly decorated military officer Maj Gen Aragon has also seen her share of tough duty including service as the mortuary officer for the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing recovery in 1995 and deployments for Operations Desert Shield Storm Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom Along the way Maj Gen Aragon has created a legacy It is a legacy she eventually shared with her oldest daughter Dana when she too donned the Air Force blue uniform in 1995 Lt Col Rita Aragon administers the oath of enlistment to her daughter Dana Aug 20 1995 Photo courtesy of Maj Gen Rita Aragon OK ANG I was very excited when my daughter joined says the general It s been a wonderful bonding experience for us Knowing how hard basic can be I wrote to her every day she was away In addition to the opportunity to gain job training and experience Dana joined the OK ANG for one of the same reasons her mom did financial assistance Then 20 year old Dana wanted to pursue a career in the medical field and she thought the air guard would be a good way to break into the field and get financial help for college Like her mother before her she started out as an airman basic and worked her way up through the ranks eventually obtaining a commission herself During her 11 years in the OK ANG Dana found just what she was looking for She became an emergency flight medical technician a job she held for seven years before

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    who grew up in the isolated hills of West Virginia donned a pair of combat boots and answered her country s call to serve in 1945 Hailing from a patriotic family Vada s reasons for joining the WAC were simple The country was at war again and she felt it was her civic responsibility to join the war effort according to her daughter Vada had one brother Mack Harrah who was serving in the Army Air Forces but her other brother remained at home because he was disqualified from service due to injuries he suffered in a hunting accident Then 20 year old Vada believed it was her duty to serve in his place After completing WAC basic training at Ft Oglethorpe GA Kathy s mom attended medical surgical technician school before she was assigned to the 70th WAC Hospital Company Brooke General Hospital Ft Sam Houston TX There she worked in obstetrics neuro surgery and on both the men s and women s surgical wards She cared for wounded GIs as well as German POWs Tech 5 Dobbins standing Brooke General Hospital Ft Sam Houston TX c 1945 Photo courtesy of Kathy Dobbins My mother always spoke very fondly of her military service Kathy says Joining the WAC introduced her to women from all over the country and provided her with opportunities to see other areas of the country She loved to laugh and dance and judging by her photo album she had no shortage of suitors Vada known as TECH 5 Harrah in those days served nearly 18 months before she was discharged in October 1946 With family history like Kathy s no one was terribly surprised when she decided she wanted to give something back to her country in 1973 Like her mother and grandmother before her Kathy says she believed that serving her country was what she was supposed to do as a patriotic American who enjoyed the freedoms of our nation Her grandmother Lyda who passed away when Kathy was 12 never saw her granddaughter don a pair of combat boots but Kathy s parents were very proud My mother was thrilled that I was joining to be a WAC just like she had been Kathy remembers Sadly her mom was losing her battle with breast cancer at the time of Kathy s enlistment but she did get to see her daughter wear the Army uniform before she passed away in 1974 PFC Kathy Dobbins directs traffic Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Denver CO Spring 1974 Photo courtesy of Kathy Dobbins Kathy may have shared the heritage of combat boots with the women in her life but the beginning of the All Volunteer Force in 1973 opened up new opportunities for Kathy that her nurse grandmother and med surge technician mother never even dreamed possible After basic training at Ft McClellan AL Kathy went off to the Army s Military Police MP School at Ft Gordon GA So new to this occupational specialty were women that

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    Delana Carol and Slate both received orders to serve at Coast Guard small boat stations like their sister who was serving at Coast Guard Station New London CT Carol reported to Station Jones Beach NY and Slate went to Station Little Creek VA Without even knowing it the Stinson women were making history I m very proud that my sisters and I all served our country and were the first ever African American sisters to serve on active duty in the Coast Guard at the same time Carol says I m glad that we had the opportunity to all serve as non rated personnel at these stations It was something we had in common something we could share Of the Stinson sisters only Carol completed a 20 year career and retired in 2005 as a lieutenant commander but the three sisters will always be Coast Guard women Carol says This unshakable bond of service is something that helped Carol through her long career They ve always been so proud of me they were some of my biggest supporters she says What the Stinson sisters didn t know back in the 1980s was that their legacy of small boat service would end up spanning more than 20 years Whitney who is now a seaman followed in her mother and aunts footsteps in 2004 and her first assignment was of course a small boat station When Whitney came home in the 11th grade and told her mother I want to do what you do Carol encouraged her to explore her options including the Coast Guard and college Whitney chose to follow her mother My career was nearly over and I told my daughter that this was going to be her experience Carol says I said to her You will create your own footprint on the Coast Guard and the world SN Whitney McCarther Photo courtesy of LCDR Carol McCarther USCG Ret And Whitney has done just that Now a seaman at Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay MD Whitney says that her mom was a great inspiration I ve always looked up to my mom I ve seen her do it all raising four kids taking care of the household getting a degree and being in the Coast Guard I knew I could do it too and I hope to leave the same mark Just like her mom Whitney is proving to be a great multi tasker While she completes her boarding crew qualifications at the station and stands duty she is also working toward becoming a yeoman another thing she has in common with her mom Carol served as a second class yeoman a Coast Guard s administrative specialist before attending officer candidate school and receiving her commission Although she looks forward to pinning on her third class petty officer crows in the near future Whitney s not sure where her Coast Guard career will go after that She is considering applying for OSC after she finishes her degree from Penn Foster

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    service because I was pregnant I loved being in the Navy and I would have stayed if the rules had been different Within a year after my discharge the Navy changed the policy but it was too late for me Dianne says that in her day things were different for women in the military including the policies on marriage and children I was discharged at the same time as another young girl who was pregnant but not married according to Dianne They treated us the same except I got an honorable discharge and hers was general Before reporting to her new duty station in Pensacola FL Dianne visited her parents at their Ft Worth TX home while on leave after completing Navy Hospital Corpsman School Great Lakes Training Center IL in 1967 Photo courtesy of Dianne Radcliffe Despite her enlistment being cut short Dianne got a lot out of her brief time in the service I wasn t even in long enough to earn a Good Conduct Medal but I became a PT tech traveled throughout the country and earned the GI Bill she says That s not too bad for only serving two and a half years When she traded her Navy uniform for diapers and baby bottles Dianne and Jim who was still serving as a PT technician at Bremerton WA were thrilled when little Tia joined their Navy family Tia and her younger brother Tege grew up knowing that both of their parents served their country Since Tia was a little girl mom Dianne talked about having served and meeting Tia s dad as well as their long patriotic family line that dated back to the Civil War Much like her mother had done years before Tia enrolled in college after graduating from high school in Texas where the family settled after Jim s discharge After three years she was still undecided about what to do with her life so she decided to join the military she was 22 years old and she chose the Navy I was really surprised when my daughter decided to join the Navy Dianne recalls Serving in the military is really special It makes you feel good that you ve done something for your country I think it s something Jim and I passed on to her By the time Tia joined in 1992 basic training was no longer held in Brainbridge MD Instead she trained in Orlando FL graduating as an E 3 because of her college background Then she went off to San Diego CA for her chosen occupational training she became a corpsman From left CAPT J A Burkhart frocks HM3 Tia Radcliffe Langston US Naval Hospital Sigonella Italy June 16 1995 Photo courtesy of Tia Radcliffe Langston Tia says that becoming a corpsman was an easy decision because she wanted to help people During her six years of active duty she achieved the rank of HM3 and served at naval hospitals in Parris Island SC Sigonella Italy and

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    HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS First Woman Brigade Commander in NY National Guard Takes Historic Helm Full Story A WASP S STORY LIVES ON Women s Memorial honors Marie Robinson s memory with

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    swimmer Dara Torres Sports analysts ponder how she can compete at world class levels at her age Master Swimmer and World War II veteran Billie Burrill laughs at such notions Full Story Women s Memorial Welcomes Pack of Lionesses Women in Combat Show Documentary at Summit Reception at Memorial The military may not permit women in combat but necessity trumped policy almost from the beginning of the war in Iraq In 2003 a random group of 25 women soldiers Team Lioness was sent with infantry units on search missions and raids The women didn t just see combat they engaged in it Lionesses explain in a newly released documentary Lioness which previewed June 20 at the Women s Memorial Full Story First Woman Receives 4 Stars GEN Ann E Dunwoody becomes the first woman to be promoted to 4 star general Nov 14 2008 Full Story The American Soldier Traveling Exhibit Depicts Soldiers Through Nine American Wars Memorial Day marked the beginning of The American Soldier a temporary exhibit at the Women s Memorial Exhibit producer Cyma Rubin helped unveil the traveling exhibit The American Soldier A Photographic Tribute to Soldiers and Marines from the Civil War to the War in Iraq during formal opening and gala reception May 13 Full Story Breakfast Champion Army Veteran Wheelchair Racer Chosen for Cheerios Box Generations of breakfast eaters have gazed across the kitchen table at the pictures of all star athletes on the front of a cereal box Hank Aaron Esther Williams Lance Armstrong and Chris Everett have all shared a breakfast table with America This year it s Army veteran and wheelchair racer Holly Koester s turn Full Story Silver Star Medic Second Woman Soldier Awarded Silver Star for Gallantry in Combat Army medic SPC Monica Lin Brown ran through enemy

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    Runs Boston Marathon Some of us run a couple miles a day for routine fitness but few of us can even imagine or would consider running the 26 2 miles it takes to complete a marathon Now imagine running those 26 miles on a treadmill Full Story End of an Era The Last Surviving WWI Woman Veteran Dies Charlotte Winters lived for 109 years To some she may have appeared to be just an ordinary woman who enjoyed an extraordinarily long life But the passing of Charlotte Winters on March 27 2007 marked the end of an era in military women s history she was the last known surviving woman veteran of World War I Full Story Patriotism Runs in the Family A Tribute to Generations of Military Women As communities across the nation pause to reflect on the countless contributions and diverse legacy of American women during Women s History Month the Women s Memorial Foundation is proud to take part in this month long commemoration by celebrating America s servicewomen Full Story Celebrating the Legacy African American Women Serving in Our Nation s Defense As we reflect on the accomplishments lives and legacies of African Americans during Black

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    Dr Irene Trowell Harris a retired USAF NC major general and current Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Center for Women Veterans was recently named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women s eNews Full Story Love Offering Honors Fallen Servicewomen It all started with an idea and a plain white envelope The idea was simple Raise awareness about the human cost of war honor the fallen and support a legacy The envelope though plain and quite ordinary became powerful enough to do all three Full Story USCG Makes History 1st Ever Woman Vice Commandant On June 2 the Coast Guard and one of its women made history VADM Vivien S Crea became the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard making her the first woman ever to serve as a deputy service chief in any of the US Armed Forces Full Story NASA Names 2nd Woman Space Shuttle Commander The National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA recently named USAF Col Pamela Melroy as commander of an upcoming space shuttle mission making her the second woman ever to command a shuttle mission Full Story Commissaries Salute Military Women What do grocery shopping and the Women s Memorial have in common More than you d imagine Learn how shopping at your local commissary can benefit the Foundation Full Story USMC Names 1st Woman to Command a Recruit Depot On Aug 4 the Marine Corps welcomed a new commander of its Recruit Depot in San Diego making BrigGen Angela Salinas the first woman in Marine Corps history to lead one of its two recruit training facilities Full Story 1st USCG SPAR Director Dies at 107 CAPT Dorothy C Stratton first director of the WWII Coast Guard Women s Reserve SPARs died Sept 17 in W Lafayette IN

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