A Women's Airforce Service Pilots flight team walks from the "Pistol Packin' Mama." (WASP Museum)

Women's History Month


Every March, Military.com marks Women's History Month by recognizing the contributions made and the glass ceilings broken each day by women in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Female members of the U.S. military have not always received the recognition they’ve earned. Yet from sea, to ground, to sky and beyond, women have worn the battle flag of the United States of America and have bravely served in her name. We honor them.

  • FILE -- Marines with the Lioness Program refill their rifle magazines during the live-fire portion of their training at Camp Korean Village, Iraq. (Marine Corps Photo/ Sgt. Jennifer Jones)
  • Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester stands at attention before receiving the Silver Star. (U.S. Army/Spc. Jeremy D. Crisp)
  • Spc. Monica Brown gets awarded the Silver Star at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, by Vice President Dick Cheney for her actions on April 25, 2007, during a combat patrol. (U.S. Army/Scott Davis)
  • Retired Col. Sally Murphy checks out a Black Hawk helicopter at Fort Myer during a Freedom Team Salute program honoring her as the first woman to complete Army flight school at Fort Rucker in 1974 and became the Army's first female helicopter pilot. (U.S. Army)
  • In 1979, Marcella Hayes was only the 55th woman to become a helicopter pilot and the first female African-American military aviator ever. (U.S. Army)
  • Marine Corps Captain Elizabeth A. Okoreeh-Baah poses in front of an MV-22 Osprey, March 14, 2006. (U.S. Marine Corps/Jonathan A. Tabb)
  • Navy Cmdr. Becky Calder flew F/A 18s for 15 years and is one of the few aviators to fly every version of the Hornet. (Photo: Courtesy of Becky Calder)
  • Astronaut Sunita Williams was selected by NASA in 1998 and is a veteran of two space missions Expeditions 14/15 and 32/33. (Photo: NASA)
  • Constructionman Camella J. Jones learns how to operate a large crane. (U.S. Navy/PH3 Paul Mansfield)
  • Adm. Michelle Howard (Photo: U.S. Navy)
  • Navy diver Donna Tobias (Photo: Navy illustration)
  • Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Sara Faulkner, receives recognition from Rear Admiral Bill Baumgartner, Commander of the 7th Coast Guard District and Capt. John Turner, commanding officer of Air Station Clearwater during an awards ceremony at Air Station Clearwater. (U.S. Coast Guard/Tara Molle)
  • A portrait of Lt. Colleen Cain. (Portrait by Leonora Rae Smith.)
  • Lt. j.g. Lashanda Holmes stands in front of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at Air Station Los Angeles. (U.S. Coast Guard/ Adam Eggers)
These are the faces of just some of the women of the military who have made a difference for themselves and their peers.

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