“Duty, Honor, Country, what an overwhelming rush of energy standing shoulder to shoulder in a sea of women veterans I am so overwhelmed by the legacy that surrounds me, immersed in history past, present, future. I am one among many committed to serving America.” – Kelly Hamilton, Colon, US Air Force
“There will always be demands upon your ability, upon your endurance, upon your disposition, upon your patience… Just as fire tempers iron into fine steel so does adversity temper one’s character into firmness, tolerance, and determination.” – US Air Force Reservist
“The ground they broke was hard soil indeed. But with great heart and true grit, they plowed right through the prejudice and presumption, cutting a path for their daughters and granddaughters to serve their country in uniform.” – William J. Perry. Groundbreaking, June 22, 1995.
“Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom. That our resolve was just as great as the brave men who stood among us. And with victory our hearts were just as full and beat just as fast – that the tears fell just as hard for those we left behind.” – Anonymous
“In every time of crisis, women have served our country in difficult and hazardous ways… women should not be considered a marginal group to be employed periodically only to be denied opportunity to satisfy their needs and aspiration when unemployment rises or a war ends.” – President John F. Kennedy, 1961
“The qualities that are most important in all military jobs – things like integrity, moral courage, and determination – have nothing to do with gender.” – Rhonda Cornum