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2nd annual Women in Aviation
Students from Summerville High School visit the Security Forces table at the 2nd annual Women in Aviation Career Day hosted by the 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. The day included a tour of a C-17 static display, Security Forces K-9 demonstration, aviation photographer with combat camera, aeromedical technicians, flying crew chiefs, avionics technicians, aerial porters, and airborne jumpers. (Air Force photo/Tanya Trejo)
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Women in Aviation Day-Career Day

Posted 4/2/2009   Updated 4/2/2009 Email story   Print story


by Tanya Trejo
315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

4/2/2009 - CHARLESTON AFB, S.C. -- March is Women's History Month, established by congress in 1987, it celebrates the many contributions that women have made over the years. Tuesday March 31 Charleston Air Force Base helped celebrate Women's History Month by hosting the 2nd annual Women in Aviation Career Day. Charleston AFB welcomed 14 High Schools and Middle Schools to come participate in the event. 

The objective of Women in Aviation Career Day is to tell young women about the many career fields available to them in the aviation field. 

Colonel Mike Speer, 315th Airlift Wing Vice Commander opened the events of the day. "We are looking for people who love their country and want to serve their country and do a good job at it", said Colonel Speer, "The Air Force is looking for quality people." 

Among the tours and demonstrations that the girls were able to see included a tour of the C-17 Globemaster III, in which they got to see the many capacities of the aircraft. They were able to explore the cockpit, see an aeromedical evacuation set up, an airborne demonstration, and speak to the loadmasters who are responsible for loading the aircraft of both cargo and people. 

Another part of the tour included the Maintenance Trainers. Here they got to not only see but have hands on experience with some of the equipment that the Air Force uses to train its Airman They were able to see a training model of a cockpit, landing gear, and engine. 

"It's encouraging to us to get to see women in all different areas of the Air Force", said Caitlin Stanton, a student at Wando High School in JROTC Unit SC-872. 

As well as seeing jobs associated with aircrafts and aircraft maintenance the students also witnessed a military working dog demonstration. They were able to visit several tables from a number of different career fields such as Combat Camera, Military Police, Services, and Medical. 

Major Mary Jeffery, a reservist with the 315th Airlift Wing, was the event coordinator for this year's Women in Aviation, "It was a tremendous honor to help organize the Second Women in Aviation Career Day," said Major Jeffery. "We had a mountain of talent with our group of volunteers who gave their time and put in a tremendous amount of effort to make this event a huge success. It was our honor to give these young women some insight to the exciting possibilities available to them in the aviation career field...Our volunteer's enthusiasm ignited the students and student counselors who didn't want the day to end. It surpassed all expectations and we look forward to making it better every year!" 

The Career Day was a way to try to get a message across to the young students around the Lowcountry that they can do anything they wish to do with their lives. "This tour was very informative and gave me a lot to think about for my future", said Angelica Redfearn, a student at Summerville High School.

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