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Perspectives: Wing member reflects on Women's History

Sergeant Wilson has been with the 459th ARW for more than 32 years..

Sergeant Wilson has been with the 459th ARW for more than 32 years..

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- The Boomer: How has the Air force changed since when you joined?
Shirley Wilson: The Air Force has changed in that there are more women in key positions traditionally held by men -- pilots, security forces, fire fighters, cargo specialists, and maintenance.

TB: What is the most important message we can give our young troops today?
SW: Be the best you can be and don't let anyone hold you back. Always carry yourself in a professional way. Give respect to get it. Respect your uniform, military bearing and core values.

TB: What woman has influenced you?
SW: Our wing commander, Col. Stayce Harris, has influenced me a lot. She's a diligent, intelligent woman who puts the troops first. It's really an honor to work with her.