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New Veteran woman here.

I am a 24 year USAF Veteran and via disposition and nature, have always considered myself to be a soldier.

My military heritage means a great deal to me and Memorial Day is treated as a holy and solemn occasion.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of the group.

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daddy
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
First and foremost, Thank You for your service to our Republic and welcome to the group!
wallynotorious
Sep. 30th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
Howdy. :)
commandress
Sep. 30th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
I remember a time...
When my ex-boyfriend (and now one of my two best friends) and I toured the National Museum of the Air Force.

We are both licensed aircraft technicians and pilots but only I had served in the military and it was funny how that we both saw the museum from differing perspectives.

He was interested in the structure, aerodynamics, etc. whereas I saw it from the perspective of an experienced soldier whom had served long and with dedication.

It was a deeply moving experience for me and when I toured the section that was dedicated to the Vietnam POWS.....that section actually made me angry.

I was angry over how that our people were treated by their captors...outraged, really.

I do fly both the American and POW/MIA flags proudly; I seem to be one of very few who does.

I remember the times where that I was in command of a crew of males and noted the expression upon their faces when they saw that a woman would be leading them. Those looks exuded cynicism, and told me to the effect,

"Oh, wonderful. Who is THIS dumb broad?? Huge boobs, a killer bod? She's got to be a dumb broad."

That never lasted long, for they learned that that I was a smart and unusually talented and innovative technician who worked hard and with dedication to The Mission.

They also saw that I was concerned about them and would regularly check on them, breaking away from my own task (I am a working leader and was working in the field just as they were), was always available to help them and that I would back up my people without hesitation.

They saw in me the attitude,

"NOBODY messes with my people."

It was amusing to me that some of these guys grew to like and admire me so much, that they actually fell in love with me..

Those were the days...
arlenerios
Sep. 30th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hello from another former female soldier :)
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