Celebrating National Women's History Month 2012


Thumbnail Sketches of America’s Military Women
Meet the 28 Extraordinary Women Showcased in the 2012 Poster

Drawn from the rich archives of the Women’s Memorial Foundation Collection, the 28 images in this year’s poster represent the thousands of truly extraordinary women whose experience and education empower them as leaders, educators and contributors in today’s military services, making them invaluable members of America’s fighting force.


Petty Officer 1st Class Shea Biag
U.S. Navy
Petty Officer 1st Class Shea Biag, a hospital corpsman with the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, based at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, gives a villager medication during a Medical Civil Affairs Project, Chirmitti, Ethiopia, Oct. 8, 2008.
USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers


Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristen Shirkey
U.S. Coast Guard
Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristen Shirkey, a machinery technician, waits with a load on forklift at the back of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, Jan. 21, 2011.
USCG photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally


Staff Sgt. Kristy Shaffer
U.S. Marine Corps
Staff Sgt. Kristy Shaffer, a drill sergeant assigned to Company P, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., gives orders to a “poolee”—a newly enlisted recruit—during an initial strength test, Recruiting Station Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 17, 2011.
USMC Photo by Sgt. Jose Nava


Capt. Betsy Hand
U.S. Air Force
Capt. Betsy Hand, a 77th Fighter Squadron pilot, situates her gear inside the cockpit of her F-16 Fighting Falcon before a flight, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 31, 2012.
USAF photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston


Pfc. Kristen George
U.S. Army
Pfc. Kristen George, Tactical Assault Command, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, provides security for key leaders visiting Yusifiyah, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 10, 2008.
USA photo


Capt. Kimberly Brady
U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps
Capt. Kimberly Brady, an aeromedical flight nurse with the 791st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, injects medicine into a patient’s intravenous tube during a C-141 Starlifter medevac flight from Balad Air Base, Iraq, to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Operation Iraqi Freedom, July 8, 2004.
DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott Reed, USAF


Petty Officer 1st Class Daniell Lashbrook
U.S. Coast Guard
Petty Officer 1st Class Daniell Lashbrook calibrates an air monitor during an exercise with the National Strike Force’s Pacific Strike Team, Novato, Calif., Feb. 16, 2011.
USCG photo by Chief Petty Officer Paul Roskowski


Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley Climaldi
U.S. Coast Guard
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley Climaldi examines Matthew Villinger in the back of a Coast Guard rescue boat, south of Cape May, N.J., May 6, 2008.

USCG photo by Fireman Apprentice Abidenas Neves


Chaplain Lt. Barbara Wood
U.S. Navy
Chaplain Lt. Barbara Wood partakes in communion during a Sunday morning service aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, Persian Gulf, June 15, 2008.

USN photo by Airman Ashley Houp


Sgt. Sarah Jennings
U.S. Marine Corps
Sgt. Sarah Jennings, flutist with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 Band, practices for the band’s 2011 Christmas Concert, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Nov. 29, 2011.
USMC Photo by Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy


Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Greer
U.S. Air Force Reserve
Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Greer, engineering craftsmen assigned to 446th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., uses surveying equipment to calculate water tower height during a field exercise, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., May 26, 2011.
USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Grant Saylor


Spc. Elodia Mayand and Spc. Jackie Harris
U.S. Army
Spc. Elodia Mayand (left), AH-64D Apache attack helicopter crew chief, 1st “Attack” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, talks to fellow crew chief Spc. Jackie Harris through an internal communications system, Robert Gray Army Air Field, Ft. Hood, Texas, Aug. 26, 2008.
USA Photo by Sgt. Nathan J.J. Hoskins


Cpl. Cassandra L. Holbrook
U.S. ArmyU.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Female Searching Force Assistant Team Leader Cpl. Cassandra L. Holbrook conducts a routine search of an Iraqi woman at an humanitarian aid site, Fallujah, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jan. 20, 2005.
USMC photo by 1st Lt. Sara E. Hope


Cpl. Alleia D. Arthur
U.S. Marine Corps
Cpl. Alleia D. Arthur, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element intelligence section meteorologist and oceanographer, assembles an Automated Weather Observing System to monitor battle-space weather conditions for a command operations center exercise, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 7, 2010.
USMC photo by Sgt. Joshua C. Cox


Pfc. Emily Barringer
U.S. Army
Pfc. Emily Barringer, 6th Military Police Detachment, simulates applying water to a fire during a firefighter skills challenge, Ft. Rucker, Ala., March 31, 2011.
Photo by Breanna Walton


PAirman Andrea Aponte
U.S. Navy
Airman Andrea Aponte, an aviation ordnanceman, troubleshoots a bomb rack unit in the aircraft intermediate maintenance department ordnance shop aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, Singapore Straits, Jan. 13, 2012.
USN photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate


Petty Officer 3rd Class Shayne Lopez
U.S. Navy
Petty Officer 3rd Class Shayne Lopez, a culinary specialist, prepares food aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, Arabian Sea, April 19, 2011.
USN photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Welsh


Petty Officer 3rd Class Valerie Thrall
U.S. Coast Guard
Petty Officer 3rd Class Valerie Thrall, a machinery technician assigned to Coast Guard Station New York, N.Y., mans a machine gun while enforcing security zones around the Staten Island Ferry, New York Harbor, N.Y., Sept. 10, 2008.
USCG photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Barbara Patton


Lt. Melanie Knight
U.S. Navy
Lt. Melanie Knight, a Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer, adjusts her scuba mask prior to a qualifications dive, April 1993.
USN Photo by Chief Petty Officer Carolyn Harris


Staff Sgt. Anaidy G. Claudio
U.S. Army
Staff Sgt. Anaidy G. Claudio, a 203rd Public Affairs Detachment broadcast journalist working for Third Army Public Affairs Office, reports on the 443rd Transportation Company, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Global War on Terror, Oct. 9, 2009.
USA Photo by Sgt. David J. Nunn


Master Sgt. Jennifer Oberg and Senior Airman Raquel Martinez
California Air National Guard
Air Force Communications Maintenance Instructor Master Sgt. Jennifer Oberg (background) explains features of a ground control station to Staff Sgt. Jason Avera and Senior Airman Raquel Martinez during training at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., April 19, 2010. All three are assigned to the 163rd Maintenance Group, a part of the California Air National Guard, primarily involved in the Predator missions.
USAF photo by Val Gempis


Small Boat Crewmember
U.S. Coast Guard
A Coast Guard small boat crewmember at the helm of a small boat, San Diego, Calif., December 2008.
USCG Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class C.C. Clayton


Col. Eileen Collins
U.S. Air Force and NASA Astronaut
Air Force Col. Eileen M. Collins became a NASA astronaut in July 1991 and is a veteran of four space flights, logging over 872 hours in space. In 1995, she became the first woman pilot of a space shuttle on STS-63 Discovery and in 1999, she became the first woman to command a shuttle mission on STS-93 Columbia.
UNASA photo


Cadet 1st Class Michelle Bonneau
U.S. Air Force
Cadet 1st Class Michelle Bonneau, a participant in the Air Force Academy’s Summer Research Program, adds buffer to a protein fractionation system, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, July 5, 2006.
USAF photo by 2nd Lt. David Herndon


Cadet Elizabeth O. Young
U.S. Army
Cadet Elizabeth O. Young attended the United States Military Academy from 1996-2000; and she was a Rhodes Scholar from 2000-2002.
Women’s Memorial Foundation Register


Seaman Rachel Mackey
U.S. Navy
Seaman Rachel Mackey steers the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry through the Philippine Sea, Oct. 7, 2010.
DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Doolin, USN


Spc. Tiffany Knotts
U.S. Army
Spc. Tiffany Knotts, a Stryker driver assigned to 556th Signal Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Warrior, 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division, tests a vehicle’s communications systems, Camp Taji, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oct, 13, 2008.
USA Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christina Bhatti


Lance Cpl. Erin Swanson
U.S. Marine Corps
K-9 handler Lance Cpl. Erin Swanson points to an area for her partner Rexo to smell during training, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, March 31, 2010.

USMC Photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron Hostutler


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