Mar 17, 2010 7:55 PM by Matt Stafford

Recognizing women's history

When, now Major, Melissa May started at the Air Force Academy, she says she was laughed at when telling people she wanted to fly fighter jets.

Since then she's flown nearly 200 combat hours and is a squadron command leader at the academy.

Wednesday May told the 21st Space Wing her story at Peterson Air Force Base for Women's History Month.

The theme this year is about writing history, and May hopes young cadets, like the ones she teaches today, will be able to create stories of change for themselves.

"History is, of course, a big part of how we learn and how we grow; and how we learn not to make the same mistakes twice," May said.

Today, there are more than 64,000 women in the United States Air Force.


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