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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Eileen Marie Collins USAF Ret a former military flight instructor and test pilot You can read more about Col Collins and other servicewomen in the astronaut corps past and present in the biography section of the NASA Web site Col Catherine Coleman US Air Force COL Nancy J Currie US Army CAPT Kathryn P Hire US Navy Reserve Col Pamela A Melroy US Air Force Ret CAPT Stefanyshyn Piper US Navy CDR Sunita L Williams US Navy Photos Courtesy of NASA copyright 2008 Servicewomen in the Astronaut Corps Servicewomen who serve as NASA astronauts today include Col Catherine Coleman Ph D USAF joined the Air Force in college in 1983 and served as a research chemist and as volunteer test subject for the Air Force centrifuge program before joining NASA in 1992 COL Nancy Jane Currie Ph D USA Ret Prior to retiring from the Army after 23 years in 2005 she had served as an instructor pilot at the Army Aviation Center recording 4 000 flying hours She joined NASA in 1990 CAPT Kathryn P Hire USNR became one of the first military women assigned to a combat aircrew when in 1993 she reported to Patrol Squadron Six P 3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft She was activated and served in the Global War on Terror and has received the Defense Superior Service Medal and Joint Service Commendation Medal She joined NASA in 1995 Col Pamela Ann Melroy USAF Ret Commissioned through ROTC in 1983 she was a KC 10 instructor pilot and a veteran of Operation Just Cause and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm logging over 200 combat and combat support hours She also flew as a test pilot flying 5 000 hours in 50 different aircraft She retired from the USAF in 2007 and remains at NASA which she joined in 1995 Read more about how she also became the second female space shuttle commander in a Women s Memorial Foundation feature CAPT Heidemarie M Stefanyshyn Piper USN was commissioned through ROTC in 1985 and served as a basic diving and salvage officer as well as an engineering officer She joined NASA in 1996 CDR Sunita L Williams USN a 1987 Naval Academy graduate was twice awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and also received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal She became a Naval aviator in 1989 flying helicopters during Operations Desert Shield and Provide Comfort and the Hurricane Andrew Relief effort She became a test pilot and instructor and joined NASA in 1998 She now serves as the deputy chief astronaut office Johnson Space Center She also gained national attention as the first astronaut to run a marathon in space Read about her race in a special Women s Memorial Foundation feature CAPT Laurel Clark US Navy Col Eileen Marie Collins US Air Force Ret MAJ M Hughes Fulford US Army Reserve CDR Susan Kilrain US Navy Ret CAPT Wendy Lawrence US Navy CAPT Lisa M Nowak US Navy Photos Courtesy of NASA copyright 2008 Servicewomen

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/NASA50.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    started swimming for relief She was spotted in the pool by a Master Swimmer s coach who encouraged her to join the regional team of the nation s elite US Master Swimmers The WAC veteran entered her first Master Swimmers meet in 1984 and kicked up a fast start I won all the events in my age group so that was exciting and motivating Burrill now living in North Providence RI has rarely missed a stroke in 25 years with Master Swimmers She s broken seven world records and still holds the world record for the 1500 meter freestyle in the 65 to 69 age female group A member of the National Master Swimmers Championship Team in 1987 88 Burrill has competed and won in world class pools in Casablanca Montreal Hawaii Munich and Japan to name a few She has also been inducted into the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame The last meet I was in there were 10 women competing in the 90 to 95 year old group It would be great to beat their records Master Swimmer and WAC Veteran Billie Burrill 87 In 2007 at the age of 86 Burrill again earned an All American title this time in the 50 yard freestyle in the 85 89 age group at the national Master Swimmers meet in Seattle WA I won by 14 hundredths of a second and it s still as exciting as ever she recalls Staying that competitive requires training and coaching even at my age she admits When training for competition Burrill swims at least one hour five to six days a week for a minimum of six weeks To stay competitive you must be dedicated and concentrated and make it your No 1 priority she stresses You have to focus and can

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/MasterSwimmer.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Memorial Three of the five women featured visited the Memorial for a preview and discussion of the film during the Department of Veterans Affairs VA National Summit on Women Veterans Issues June 20 22 The documentary was shown in full during the Summit in Washington DC and is being scheduled for broadcast on public television s Independent Lens Nov 13 2008 To learn more about the film visit the Lioness Web site More information about the Summit will be available on the VA s Web site Army supply clerk SPC Rebecca Nava from Queens NY was among the women soldiers chosen to be part of Team Lioness in Iraq in 2003 Lioness Documentary Still Photo The 82 minute film details the Lioness experience in war where Lionesses engaged in some of the fiercest firefights of 2003 in Ramadi and Falluja Iraq and at home where the battle continues in other ways What you see on the History Channel we were right there beside them said Specialist Shannon Morgan an Army mechanic from Mena AR Lionesses added that their presence was critical in helping to calm women and children in homes that troops entered to search for weapons and insurgents When the women realized I was a woman too you would see them relax a little Specialist Rebecca Nava a supply clerk from Queens NY said during a June 20 reception at the Women s Memorial Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation President Brig Gen Wilma Vaught USAF Ret talked with Lioness former Army SPC Rebecca Nava after the documentary film depicting her and her sisters in arms in Iraq debuted at the Women s Memorial during the VA Summit on Women s Veterans Issues in Washington DC June 19 Women s Memorial Photo The Women s Memorial Foundation

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/Lioness.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    11 total active duty four star generals one of whom is now a woman Army GEN Ann Dunwoody was a special guest of the Women s Memorial during the 10th Anniversary celebration to unveil a glass tablet Joining LTG Dunwoody were Acting Secretary of VA Gordon Mansfield and Defense Secretary Robert Gates Women s Memorial Foundation Photo GEN Dunwoody the first to break the so called brass ceiling a milestone that generations of servicewomen and servicemen have been waiting to witness realized the signifiance to women as she read the congratulations pouring in about the promotion I ve heard from men and women from every branch of service from every region of our country and every corner of the world I ve heard from moms and dads who see this promotion as a beacon of hope for their own daughters and an affirmation that anything is possible through hard work and commitment GEN Dunwoody said The promotion is perhaps most special she added to the women who served before and with her women whose service and devotion helped the pathway GEN Dunwoody traveled to a four star promotion I ve heard from women veterans of all wars many who just wanted to say congratulations some who just wanted to say thanks and still others who just wanted to say that they were so happy this day had finally come GEN Dunwoody said To all of them I owe a very special thanks for their dedication for their commitment and for paving the way And I know it might sound trite but for me this day is all about two single words Thank You Commissioned into the Women s Army Corps in 1975 GEN Dunwoody has served 33 years in the Army beginning with a maintenance company at Ft Sill OK

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/FourStar.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    soldier resting against a pile of blankets that he was to carry back to his freezing comrades in a New York Times magazine in 1995 Rubin collected more than 4 000 photographs taken by combat photojournalists and Pulitzer Prize winning photographers of American soldiers and Marines at war Then Rubin painstakingly selected the 115 images that she believes best tell the story of the American foot soldier she said They are images that capture the camaraderie the humanity the heroics of the American soldier during the nine major wars America has fought since 1861 When civilians see soldiers they often just see the uniform I wanted to show them the soldiering Rubin told the crowd The Women s Memorial was bathed in patriotic lights for the special opening gala of The American Soldier traveling exhibit a May 13 invitation only event hosted by EADS North America The exhibit is now open to the public through Labor Day Photo by Teresa Ballard Courtesy of Lighting by Lyttle Guests many of them current and former soldiers and Marines responded that the exhibit succeeds in conveying the powerful emotions that a foot soldier may feel in war It s difficult to capture what goes through a soldier s mind General Casey explained but this exhibit has captured the human dimension of combat The exhibit reminds us all that war is fought by human beings You can see what s in the minds and hearts of our soldiers and Marines and it will make you proud General Conway added You ll see poignant pictures of people in victory You ll see pictures of people in great personal loss You ll see the reasons why young Americans join the armed services And viewers will see the history of American soldiering They ll see how much

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/AmericanSoldierExhibit.html (2016-02-09)
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    yet they chose plain old me says the Walton Hills OH resident Star athletes may have more recognizable names but few could be more inspiring to breakfast eaters than Koester By the end of 2008 Koester expects to have completed her goal of racing through 100 marathons in 50 states pushing her wheelchair with her hands for 26 2 miles to each finish line Koester says that she sharpened her natural drive and determination during her service in the Army In 1981 she joined the military through college ROTC with her twin sister Joy now a colonel preparing for retirement from the Army Reserve The twin sisters are both Women s Memorial Charter Members Holly joined in 1993 and Joy in 1995 Army veteran and wheelchair racer Holly Koester left and her twin sister Joy now a colonel in the Army Reserve posed for this picture not long after Koester was paralyzed and her sister had returned from active duty in Operation Desert Storm Photo Courtesy of Joy and Holly Koester Koester s military career came to an abrupt end in 1990 She was paralyzed from the chest down in a traffic accident that occurred as she drove into Redstone Arsenal AL to prepare to deploy in Operation Desert Storm A life long enjoyment of physical fitness and competition kept Koester positively focused during her recuperation and pushed her to look for ways to get active again She found her inspiration in the VA s National Veterans Wheelchair Games The Games probably saved my life she says What I saw at my first Games in 1991 inspired me It was the first time I saw healthy athletic people in wheelchairs They were partying they were dancing they were laughing playing and competing They were living I knew I could too Koester remembers her first Wheelchair Games as the defining moment of her post accident life It helped me to know I could still be physically competitive says the former All Army Volleyball Team member Seeing me there probably helped my family even more though because they knew that if I could still have sports I d be okay Koester adds that getting active and acclimated to her new position as a wheelchair competitor was not easy but it was and continues to be rewarding The first thing I ever competed in after my accident was the National Veterans Wheelchair Games obstacle course called the slalom she recalls You pop wheelies down steps do steep ramps come down on a sort of teeter totter move through doors I showed up to compete but some of those things I didn t know how to do yet like pop wheelies so I was very slow The VA s National Veterans Wheelchair Games inspired life long athlete Holly Koester to refocus her competitive drive and determination to win gold medals in the annual games and compete in marathons nationwide Photo Courtesy of Holly Koester While most competitors finished in minutes it took Koester 10

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/Cheerios.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    for action in direct combat She was serving with the 4th Squadron 73rd Cavalry Regiment 4th Brigade Combat Team April 25 2007 when a roadside bomb ripped into their four vehicle convoy as it traveled through Paktia Province Afghanistan Insurgents attacked the convoy as wounded soldiers crawled from the damaged HMMWV and others struggled to save them SPC Brown used her own body to shield the wounded from falling mortars and small arms fire as well as from ammunition that was going off inside the burning HMMWV according to the Associated Press Rounds were now exploding in the fire from the HMMWV behind us and somewhere in the mix we started taking mortar rounds It became a huge commotion but all I could let myself think about were my patients she told Army SPC Micah E Clare for the American Forces Press Service March 24 2008 Army Spc Monica Brown an 82nd Airborne medic draws blood from an Afghan boy at Forward Operating Base Salerno Afghanistan USA Photo by SPC Micah E Clare SPC Brown s Silver Star nomination reads that her bravery unselfish actions and medical aid rendered under the commotion that lasted nearly two hours before safe medical evacuation was possible saved the lives of her comrades and represents the finest traditions of heroism in combat Looking back it was just a blur of noise and movement she told SPC Clare She added that she has since realized that everything I had done during the attack was just rote memory With training like I was given any medic would have done the same in my position Army Spc Monica Brown joined the Army in 2005 with her brother Justin and hopes one day to serve in the Army Nurse Corps USA Photo by SPC Micah E Clare SPC

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/SilverStarBrown.html (2016-02-09)
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    service and sacrifice Although the Foundation normally focuses on the national theme for this important observance this year as we mark the 5th anniversary of the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19 the Foundation is paying special tribute to today s servicewomen serving in the Global War on Terror 2008 Poster Release As part of its tribute to military women the Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 WHM poster Voices of Valor This full color display quality poster spotlights five decorated servicewomen who served in the Global War on Terror highlighting one woman from each of the US Armed Forces The poster features remarkable role models for America s youth ordinary women who have stepped up to do extraordinary things This impressive poster promises to be a great tool to stimulate pride in America s military women and encourage discussion about women s roles past and present The Online Education Kit In addition the Foundation is delighted to publish its second online WHM kit to accompany this year s poster Designed to complement the poster as a teaching tool the WHM kit includes a host of materials to support classroom discussion and encourage further

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/WHM08Feat.html (2016-02-09)
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