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  • Women's History Month: Airman 1st Class Xenia Wieland

    Airman 1st Class Xenia Wieland has been with the 109th Airlift Wing for three years. She said she joined the military for the many benefits offered and for the experience she hoped to gain in the medical field to help further her career in nursing.Wieland is currently an aerospace medical technician assigned to the 109th Medical Group. In this
  • Women's History Month: Tech. Sgt. Jessica Ramirez

    Tech. Sgt. Jessica Ramirez has been in the military for more than 13 years and with the 109th Airlift Wing for seven of those years."I joined the Army Reserve when I was going into my senior year of high school," she said. "I knew I wanted to go to college but also wanted to do something out of the ordinary and challenge myself. I thought being a
  • Women's History Month: Master Sgt. Faye Reynolds

    Master Sgt. Faye Reynolds has been in the Air Force for 23 years and joined the 109th Airlift Wing in 2003. She said adventure, experience and educational benefits all contributed to her decision to join the military."I had only planned on joining the active duty force for four years because I wanted to go to school for environmental science," she
  • Women's History Month: 1st Lt. Lynsey Cross

    First Lt. Lynsey Cross joined the 109th Airlift Wing in 2006. She first joined for the college benefits, but said the opportunities within the Wing are what kept her here. She was commissioned in 2013.Cross is currently assigned to the 109th Medical Group as the administration officer of the EnRoute Patient Staging System."The staging system is a
  • Women's History Month: Master Sgt. Misty Straus

    Master Sgt. Misty Straus joined the military in 1984 starting her career with the Army National Guard's 247th Medical Company. In 1996, she transferred to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing.Straus said her decision to join the military had a lot to do with her father. "My dad was in the Navy Reserves my whole life," she said. "I
  • Women's History Month: Senior Master Sgt. Deborah Gardner

    Senior Master Sgt. Deborah Gardner entered the military 28 years ago. She started off in the U.S. Marine Corps for 14 of those years and then transferred to the Air National Guard. She has been with the 109th Airlift Wing for 14 years. Gardner said patriotism and service to country were what drove her to join the military.Gardner is currently
  • Women's History Month: Capt. Ashley FitzGibbon

    Capt. Ashley FitzGibbon entered the military 10 years ago and has been with the 109th Airlift Wing for seven of those years. The college benefits offered were what drew FitzGibbon into joining the military."It was also a great opportunity to be part of an amazing, well-respected organization," she said.FitzGibbon serves as the Equal Opportunity
  • Women's History Month: 2nd Lt. Shannon Pingitore

    Second Lt. Shannon Pingitore is a 17-year veteran, with eight of those years being with the 109th Airlift Wing here. She said service of country, direction and career opportunities all attributed to her decision to join the military.Pingitore is currently a food services officer with the 109th Force Support Squadron's Services Flight. In this
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