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Women of the Military podcast is a place to share the stories of women who have served in the military and those who are currently. We tackle issues that real women face while serving in the military. The highs the lows. What led us to military service and what we are doing today. Be encouraged and inspired by the stories of these amazing women! Sign up to be a guest here.
Welcome to episode one of Women of the Military Podcast. In today’s episode, your host Amanda Huffman will share the why behind the podcast, where the idea came from and why I picked military women as the focus point. It is always important to know the why behind the story. So, I’m starting off the podcast with how the podcast came to be and why I am passionate about sharing the stories of women who have served and those who continue to serve in the military.
Amanda served in the military for six years as an Air Force Civil Engineer. Her first assignment was to Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, NM. There she was assigned to the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron. She worked in both the Environmental Flight and the Engineering Flight. In 2010, she deployed to Afghanistan as part of a Provincial Reconstruction Team. She ended her career at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio working at Air Force Material Command doing Energy Management.
In this interview, we talk about Cynthia’s journey to military life. She joined the military through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. A program she joined just to learn a little more about the military. One of the biggest struggles she had during ROTC was meeting height and weight standards and physical fitness. Listen to how she worked hard to overcome her struggles to become an officer in the Air Force.
Tiye Young is a Charlotte native currently serving in the North Carolina National Guard after serving on active duty in the Army for over six years. She is also a cancer survivor and is about to celebrate her one-year anniversary of being cancer free. At such a young age she has already accomplished so much, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have big plans for the future. Don’t miss the incredible story of Tiye Young!
Here Janet shares her story of being a female Vietnam veteran: My name is Janet Appling and I retired from the Army as a Captain. I decided to join the military services after I had graduated from Northern Illinois University. I had been teaching 6th grade for a year before joining. This was in 1966 during the Vietnam War. When I first decided, I think it was more for the adventure that patriotism, but that soon changed.
While attending the Naval Academy, Mandy was told that she didn’t deserve her spot at the Academy. She was also told that she was an example of why women shouldn’t serve in the military. As an Ensign, she became a mom and faced complications due to being both single mom and serving in the military. Despite facing these challenges in her early career, she was able to serve in the military on active duty for 10 years and 10 years in the reserves where she was able to retire as a Lt Commander.
This episode talked specifically about the way that viewing the world after a deployment can be dark and black and white. We dived deep into the loss of purpose and the struggle to find meaning after spending time overseas. This episode talked about so many things I experienced, but hadn’t been able to put into words. I am so thankful for Ashley’s willingness to share her story. I hope this episode can help those struggling with coming home. And hopefully help military spouses and significant others understand some of what happens inside the head of a service member upon coming home.
This episode focuses on the experience of being an Air Force Developmental Engineer. Erin served in the US Air Force on Active Duty from December 2006 through July 2012 as an Acquisitions and Engineering Officer. She earned her commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Program at Embry Riddle. Listen to her experience of why she joined the Air Force, military life and why she left the military behind to be a stay at home mom and military spouse.
Shakeia Kegler joined the Navy in 2011 and her first assignment took her overseas to Japan. No sooner had she arrived in Japan than she found out she would be heading out on the USS George Washington for a six-month deployment where she would quickly find her sea legs. Her experience changed her into the person she is today and she felt lucky to see so many different places in the world as she deployed out of Japan on a 6 month on 6 month off rotation.
Air Force Service – 3 Different Careers – Episode 10
Dina enlisted into the Air Force in 2005. She was in a hurry to join the military and told her recruiter she would take any job, just make it happen. She found herself in the Communication Squadron doing work she didn’t enjoy. After three years she cross-trained to be a Bioenvironmental Engineer (B). She stayed in the job until one day someone from the PA unit found out she was majoring in photography. They quickly convinced her to make another career switch and she became a photojournalist for the Air Force. She also met her husband while serving in the military. She left military service when they transferred to Hawaii and she was unable to find a job at the Air National Guard in Hawaii.
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