With March being Women’s History Month, it is important to recognize how the role of women in the military has dramatically changed over the years. During the 18th and 19th centuries, women were confined to serving as cooks, seamstresses and nurses. The formation of the Women’s Army Corps in 1941 expanded women’s roles, but women weren’t integrated into the military until 1978, and even then, they weren’t allowed to serve in combat. It wasn’t until 2016 that all combat jobs were opened to women.
Team McChord Airmen came together to complete an all-female flight training mission on a C-17 Globemaster III Dec. 14, 2020, to honor and highlight women in the U.S. Air Force. From the Port Dawgs who loaded the aircraft, maintenance and logistics who prepared the jet for takeoff, to the pilots and loadmasters who flew the training mission, every Airman involved was female.