30 Apr
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Chelsey Hibsch, First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force

In August 2019, a New York native, former enlisted Airman and now 1st Lt., Chelsey Hibsch became the first Air Force female to earn the Ranger tab since the Army began allowing Airmen into Army Ranger School in 1955. Prior to this, she was with the 374th Security Forces Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan where she led Pacific Air Force’s 2018 Defender Challenge Team to six event trophies and the […]

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29 Apr
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Karen Fuller Brannen, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps

In the spring of her final year of college, laws that would allow women to pilot in the Marine Corps were passed. Once she graduated, Karen completed a flight physical and went on her way to Officer Candidate School in the summer of 1994. She completed her studies as an honor graduate, received a physical training award and was commissioned as a second lieutenant that same year.  Karen reportedly grew up knowing that […]

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28 Apr
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Lorna Mahlock, Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps

Lorna M. Mahlock was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to Brooklyn, New York where she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. She was selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, graduating from Marquette University and was commissioned in December 1991. When Mahlock was designated as an Air Traffic Control Officer, she earned […]

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26 Apr
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Vivien Crea, Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard

Vivien Crea born in 1952, earned a Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and from Central Michigan University. She also has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas. Crea was commissioned an Ensign in the Coast Guard Reserve upon graduation from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia in […]

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25 Apr
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Margaret Burcham, Brigadier General, U.S. Army

Margaret W. Burcham went to the United States Military Academy at West Point and in 1982, she was commissioned from there into the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Burcham has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Kansas State University. She took the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, studied at the Combined […]

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24 Apr
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Ola Rexroat, Captain, U.S. Air Force

Ola Mildred Rexroat was born in Ogden, Kansas on August 28, 1917, to a white father and an Oglala mother. The family moved to South Dakota when she was young and she spent some time on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She attended public school in Oklahoma and graduated from the St. Mary’s Episcopal Indian School […]

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24 Apr
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Deborah Loewer, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Deborah A. Loewer is from Springfield, Ohio. In 1976, Loewer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Theoretical Mathematics and Computer Science from Wright State University. She was selected as an Olmsted Scholar and studied at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and the Goethe Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. Upon graduation, she went on […]

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23 Apr
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Sherri Gallagher, Sergeant, U.S. Army

Sherri Gallagher was born in 1984 in California. Gallagher was born into a family of expert shooters. Her mother, Nancy Tompkins, made history in 1998 as the first woman to win the High Power Rifle Championship. Her stepfather, Mid Tompkins, won the honor six times in a row. Her step-cousin half removed, Patrick Kelly, is […]

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22 Apr
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Barbara Dulinsky, Master Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Barbara Jean Dulinsky was born on October 18, 1928 in San Francisco, California to Ross and Anna Noel Dulinsky. She has two sisters, June E. Dulinsky, Gladys Shook, and Alice L. Dulinsky Crump. Dulinsky first enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1951. She became the Senior Drill Instructor for female Marines at Parris Island, South […]

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20 Apr
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Donna Tobias, U.S. Navy

Donna Tobias, an ocean-loving southern California native, decided to join the Navy in 1974. When she expressed to her recruiter that she wanted to be a Navy Diver, she was simply told that females didn’t do that job. She went through with enlisting and became a hull technician, but then persisted in submitting her application to be accepted into Navy dive school.   She received acceptance to dive school, only two days before her class would begin. In 1975, there […]

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