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Fancy Lawyer
Fancy Lawyer • 2 years ago

Col. Jeannie Leavitt, Commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. is the first female jet fighter pilot in US history and first woman to command a fighter wing squadron. Military women largely have been unable to serve in such high commands because, barred from combat, they have been unable to get the experience they need to advance. (James Robinson/Special to the Christian Science Monitor)

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