First Female Thunderbird Pilot

First Female Thunderbird Pilot

This week my guest is Nicole Malachowski. She is a combat veteran, the first female Thunderbird pilot, a former fighter squadron commander, a former White House Fellow and advisor, and a patient advocate. Listen to the full episode here. This episode was made possible by Foundation For Women Warriors. Foundation for Women Warriors (FFWW) is […]

Becoming a F-111 Mechanic During Vietnam

Becoming a F-111 Mechanic During Vietnam

What was it like to serve during the Vietnam War as a Woman? Check out Diane Sherwood’s experience of serving in the Air Force during Vietnam. As one of the first women to be a jet engine mechanic she found a supportive group. Unlike many stories you hear of harassment and overcoming difficulties, Diane had […]

Climbing the Ranks to Brigadier General

Climbing the Ranks to Brigadier General

Retired Air Force Brigadier General Wilma Vaught served in the United States Air Force for over 28 years, retiring in 1985 as one of the most highly decorated women in U.S. history.  Throughout her career, General Vaught forged new paths and pioneered opportunities for the servicewomen who would follow. A Vietnam veteran, she was one […]

10 Things I Learned from Deployment

10 Things I Learned from Deployment

This week I’m doing a solo episode about what I learned from deployment. I deployed to Afghanistan 10 years ago this month and am celebrating my experience by talking about the 10 things I learned from deployment. You can read the whole episode below or you can listen to the whole episode here. This post […]

The Life of a Satellite Communications Airman

The Life of a Satellite Communications Airman

Angela served in the United States Air Force from 1998 – 2014. She worked in Satellite Communications for most of her career. After retiring from active duty, she became an attorney in Florida.  Listen to the whole episode here. This post is sponsored by Insure the Heroes. Call Melissa at 1-844-514-LIFE or head over to her website to […]

A Navigator in the Air Force: From Refueling Missions to Transporting Remains

A Navigator in the Air Force: From Refueling Missions to Transporting Remains

Samantha Gassman served eight years as a Navigator in the Air Force.  She worked as an Air Force Special Operations Instructor Navigator with 1,600 flight hours, 305 of those hours being in combat. During her time in the Air Force, she deployed to Afghanistan and Africa in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom. She is the […]

Working on Jet Engines in the Air Force

Working on Jet Engines in the Air Force

Jenny served in the Air Force for six years as an Aerospace Propulsion specialist (Maintenance). She worked on the B-1 and F-16’s jet engines. She decided not to reenlist in early 2019. Today, she is currently working toward her degree and is married to someone still serving in the military and they have one child. […]

The Story of an Air Force Civil Engineer

The Story of an Air Force Civil Engineer

Rachael and I served on active duty together as Air Force Civil Engineers at Wright-Patterson AFB. And I am excited to share her experience. I had a chance to interview her for my deployment series in 2017 which is where the podcast idea started. So, if you want to learn more about her deployments to […]

How to Deal with the Grief of Losing Your Military Service

How to Deal with the Grief of Losing Your Military Service

Episode 48 is sponsored by AmericanForcesTravel.com Carrie Peterson joined the US Air Force when she was 17 and served on Active duty until she was about to give birth to her first son. She has an honorable medical discharge. We talked about the grief she experienced when she left military service. Listen here. Military Service […]

Being an Air Force Nurse – Episode 41

Being an Air Force Nurse – Episode 41

Being an Air Force Nurse – Episode 41 Tracee joined the United States Air Force in 1994, She was part of the Nurse Corps as a clinical nurse she spent 4 years on Active Duty and 3 years in the Reserves. She is currently a registered nurse, public speaker and is married to a service […]