How well do you know women's history?
By Master Sgt. Lucius Wilcox, 17th Training Wing Historian
/ Published March 25, 2011
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas-- --
March is Women's History Month. Can you answer these questions about prominent women in military history?
QUESTION 1: In September 1976, a group of ten women entered undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. This was the first class of women to train to fly military aircraft in about
A. 20 years
B. 30 years
C. 40 years
QUESTION 2: A physician, suffragette, prisoner of war and spy, she is the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor.
A. Mary Walker
B. Lillian Todd
C. Claire Booth Luce
QUESTION 3: The most decorated military woman was a Prisoner of War in a Japanese prison camp for 37 months during World War II and was a frontline Army nurse in Korea when China entered the war in 1950.
A. Phillis Wheatley
B. Oleda Christides
C. Ruby Bradley
QUESTION 4: In 1995 she became the first female space shuttle pilot, commanding the Columbia on the mission that placed the Chandra X-ray observatory into orbit.
A. Kelly Flinn
B. Eileen Collins
C. Sally Ride
QUESTION 5: Who was the first woman to become a Chief Master Sergeant?
A. Grace Peterson
B. Ruby Bradley
C. Claire Booth Luce
QUESTION 6: Who was the first woman to command a wing?
A. Norma E. Brown
B. Toreaser Steele
C. Lori Robinson
Question 1: (B) The last class of Women's Air Force Service Pilots graduated from Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, in December 1944 -- about 30 years before women again trained to fly U.S. military aircraft.
Question 2: (A) Dr. Mary Walker received the Medal of Honor in recognition of her medical work during the Civil War.
Question 3: (C) Army Col. Ruby Bradley earned 34 medals and citations, including two Bronze Stars, before retiring in 1963.
Question 4: (B) In 1995, Lt. Col. Eileen Collins became the first woman to command a space shuttle mission.
Question 5: (A) In 1960, Chief Master Sgt. Grace Peterson became the first woman selected for promotion to that rank.
Question 6: (C) Col. Norma Brown became the first woman to command a wing in 1974 when she became the commander of the 6940th Security Wing here.