addition to female missileers, B-52 Stratofortress
aircrews from Minot AFB
participated by fielding all-female flight crews.
is an honor to be flying with these women today,” said
the 2nd Bomb Wing commander at
AFB. “These two
flights, launched and crewed only by women, serve as a
source of pride for the whole 2nd Bomb Wing, Air Force
Global Strike Command, and for each and every American.”
flew as aircraft commander for one of the B-52s
alongside six other women. In total, 14 women whose
ranks range from lieutenant to colonel flew in the
bomber formation, serving in the roles of pilot, weapons
system officer and electronic warfare officer.
carry on the legacy of women in the Air Force is very
special to me," said 1st Lt.
Guidara, the 12th Missile Squadron combat crew deputy
AFB. "Not being
afraid to take risks and taking ahold of those
opportunities that present themselves are two things
that I've learned to live by throughout my career."
Col. Todd Sauls, the 90th
Operations Group commander, said he was proud of the
diversity in his F.E. Warren
unit and excited to see the alert mission come together.
I was a second lieutenant, you would have 10 or so
female missileers in an ops group and now we come close
to deploying a whole female crew force just because of
the numbers we have,” Sauls
said. “This is about history and heritage and having
events like this is a good way to honor the people who
came before us.”
First Lt. Kelly
Gorham, a 320th Missile
Squadron missile combat crew commander, said she never
really thought of herself as a woman in the military.
just been an Airman,” Gorham said “(But) we are women,
we are in the military and we’re doing good things.
Sometimes the rewards are masked by that routine, but
once you stand back and see that your family can sleep
at night, see that your friends can sleep at night and
the rest of the United States can sleep because you’re
standing alert, that’s really the greatest reward you
can ask for.”