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MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. – A U.S. Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer Academy student gets inspected by Col. Edmund Morrisey, then head of the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center here. In its early beginnings, Women in the Air Force, or active duty WAF’s, first attended the academy. Later, women attended on the same status as men after the WAF’s were abolished in 1976, the same year the U.S. Air Force Academy begin accepting females. The first woman in the nation to graduate and earn a commission as an officer from the Academy of Military Science was then 2nd Lt. Diane Tucker, from the D.C. Air National Guard in April 1973 at the TEC . The Guard’s first woman training officer here was then Capt. Nancy Graf, from the Michigan Air National Guard, who instructed her first Academy of Military Science flight in 1973; all male students. (U.S. Air National Guard file-photo/Released)

By Eartheditor

Hello. I am a prior U.S. Navy sailor and photojournalist serving on active duty with the National Guard – combined, for more than 24 years. This blog features my more memorable stories and photos from that news pile as well as creative writing. All images and stories are by me unless otherwise credited. I hope to backlog more as well as write new stories. Thank you so much.
- Mike R. Smith

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