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April 3, 2018

Women of Weather: Hurricane Hunters Make a Difference

Air Force Maj. Ashley Lundry, an aerial reconnaissance weather officer, and Air Force Maj. Devon Meister, a pilot, are both members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, referred to as the Hurricane Hunters.

March 29, 2018

Soldier-Geologist Maintains Helicopters in Iraq

Army Spc. Kathleen Scanlon, an aircraft power plant repairer with the Rhode Island Army National Guard works with her fellow soldiers to troubleshoot and correct maintenance issues for the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinooks flying in support of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

March 29, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Breaks Through ‘Glass Ceiling’

New Jersey Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kristina Sofchak, a Black Hawk helicopter maintenance test pilot, says that her mother would always challenge her to think outside the box when it came to her career plans. Sofchak was also inspired in the 1980s by women such as Lynn Rippelmeyer, who became the first woman to fly a Boeing 747.

March 22, 2018

Air Force Rotary-Wing Aviator: ‘The Ma’am Behind the Mustache’

Air Force Capt. Victoria Snow is a pilot with the 33rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, assigned to the 451st Air Expeditionary Group at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Flying the Pave Hawk is a normal part of her exciting life.

March 21, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Excels in Student Chef Competition

Army Pfc. Olena Konotop, a culinary arts specialist based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., competed to be named student chef of the year during the 43rd Annual Joint Culinary Training Exercise. Konotop strongly believes that she can achieve anything by working hard and putting her mind to the task, which her supervisors say is reflected in her work.

March 19, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Balances Bodybuilding With Army Life

Army 2nd Lt. Angela M. DiMattia, a bodybuilder and the family readiness leader for the 4th Infantry Division ‘s 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, believes staying in good shape aids in the overall well-being of soldiers, leaders and family members. “There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone with their own health,” DiMattia said.

March 16, 2018

DoD Leaders Encourage Women Seeking Information Technology Careers

Two senior Defense Department officials shared their paths to success with other women aspiring to succeed in the information technology field during a Women in the Department of Defense Luncheon hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

March 15, 2018

Face of Defense: Marine Credits Personal Accolades to Her Leaders

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Gabriela Gonzales’ hard work has resulted in her selection as the 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s Marine of the Year. Gonzales, a combat engineer with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, has been in the Marine Corps for just over a year, but she has demonstrated exceptional potential.

March 12, 2018

Face of Defense: Lone Female Competitor Battles for Title of 'Best Warrior'

Of the more than 3,200 airmen serving in the Texas Air National Guard, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Brown is among just eight service members selected to compete at the 2018 Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition. Brown also is the only female competitor.

March 8, 2018

DoD Works to Incorporate More Gender Perspective in Operations

The Defense Department is advancing its efforts to include more women in peace-building and conflict resolution processes, taking steps to be a global leader in this arena following the signing of the 2017 Women, Peace and Security Act.

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