12 Mar
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Ashley Pullen, Specialist, U.S. Army

Specialist Pullen, with the Kentucky National Guard’s 617th Military Police Company, deployed to Iraq in 2005 at the age of 21. She was driving one of three Humvees providing security for a 30-vehicle convoy in Baghdad when they found themselves under enemy attack, firing from multiple directions. Her convoy stopped and began firing back as she heard a call for help over the radio.  She backed her Humvee into […]

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11 Mar
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Michelle Howard, Admiral, U.S. Navy

When Michelle Howard was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, she was one of only seven African-American women in the school’s class of 1,363 students. This was just the start of her influence in the service, as Admiral Michelle Howard holds many “firsts” in U.S. Naval History.   Admiral Howard took command of USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in 1999, making her the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy.    […]

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10 Mar
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Tammy Duckworth, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Following her family traditions, Ladda Tammy Duckworth joined the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in 1990 as a graduate student at George Washington University and later became a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve in 1992.   Choosing to fly helicopters, as it was one of the few combat jobs open to women, she became a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot. She later transferred to the Illinois Army National Guard […]

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09 Mar
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Lauren Edwards, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps

Lt. Col. Edwards was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. on Aug. 14, 1998 and finished as a honor graduate at the Combat Engineer Officer’s Course.  While deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, she served as the Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, 3d Marine Air Wing Commanding Officer, Engineer Operations Company from August 2001 to July 2003.   In 2003, during the invasion […]

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08 Mar
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Ruth Cheney Streeter, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps

Ruth Cheney Streeter was born on October 2, 1895. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1918. During World War II, Ruth tried to join the war effort as a ferry pilot even going as far as earning her commercial pilot’s license in the hope of joining WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) or […]

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07 Mar
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Grace Murray Hopper, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

In 1943, Grace Hopper joined the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, serving in the program called Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). From there, she was commissioned as a lieutenant junior grade and assigned to program the Mark I computer at the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard University.    She continued to work in computing after the war, leading the team that created the first computer language compiler, […]

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06 Mar
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Ann E. Dunwoody, General, U.S. Army

Ann E. Dunwoody is the first woman to earn the rank of four-star general not only in the Army, but the entire U.S. armed forces. General Dunwoody joined the Army in 1974, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Women’s Army Corps in 1975 and her first assignment was as supply platoon leader, 226th Maintenance Company (Forward, Direct Support), 100th Supply and Services Battalion (Direct Support), in Fort […]

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05 Mar
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Joy Bright Hancock, Captain, U.S. Navy

Joy Bright Hancock served in the U.S. Navy during both World Wars, was among the first group of women allowed to serve in the Navy, and instrumental in advancing their integration into the Navy. Hancock was a licensed pilot and received degrees from the George Washington University, the Crawford School of Foreign Service, the Pierce […]

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04 Mar
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Kristen Griest, Captain, U.S. Army

In 2011, Kristen Griest was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Military Police branch– an option available to women where she felt would give her experience closest to the infantry. She was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where she served as an MP Platoon Leader from 2012-2014. She also deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 where she led over […]

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03 Mar
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Eileen Collins, Colonel, U.S. Air Force

Eileen Marie Collins had always dreamed of being a pilot since childhood. Not only did she earn her pilot’s license, but she did it while working on a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Syracuse University, a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Stanford University and a Master of Arts degree in Space Systems Management from Webster […]

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