Airmen engage at Women's History Month events

by Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Osan Air Base

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- To celebrate Women’s History Month, the 51st Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity office organized events for Osan Airmen to recognize female service members past and present March 18-31 here.

The month’s events included a volleyball game, career day and will conclude with an empowerment program hosted by Women Inspiring the Next Generations (W.I.N.G.S.) and Mentoring, Inspiring, Supporting, Teaching through Empowerment and Rapport (M.I.S.T.E.R.).

“What makes this month great is everyone participates together, whether it be a volleyball game or a discussion, and has fun with it,” said Tech. Sgt. Alejandra Chavez, 51st Fighter Wing NCO in charge of equal opportunity. “Everyone matters in the Air Force and it’s great to show that.”

In 1987, Congress designated the month of March as Women’s History Month. Since then, the Air Force has recognized the women choosing to serve this month from the female Airman Basic arriving at their first duty station to four-star generals.

“I think there are no bounds and no limits that leaders that happen to women will have in the future,” said Gen. Lori Robinson, Pacific Air Forces commander.

General Robinson was recently nominated to be the first female U.S. Northern Command combatant commander, the top general overseeing activities in North America.
Female leaders from multiple units highlighted their career fields during the event, including the Office of Special Investigations, dental clinic, security forces and air traffic control.

“It’s great to showcase OSI to others and tell them about what we do,” said Lizette Camacho, 51st Fighter Wing OSI special agent.

According to Camacho, OSI has several females in her unit including her commander and director of operations.

“Field agents and branch superintendents all have females with leading roles,” said Camacho. “It shows women are able to do and lead in this job.”

To close the month’s events, the empowerment program is slated for March 31 at the base Enlisted Club from 3-4:30 pm.­­

For more information on Women’s History Month or for an observance request, call the Equal Opportunity office at 784-4848.

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