Recently, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Airmen from the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and members from the Fort Walton Beach Women’s Impact Network (WIN) gathered together for a memorable and meaningful afternoon.
Women’s empowerment was celebrated as female Airmen, including Aircraft Maintainers, Maintenance Officers, and the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander led the Lockheed Martin WIN team through tours of the F-22 and F-35 Aircraft Maintenance Units.
The Airmen discussed the fifth-generation capabilities of the aircraft and shared personal stories from their career paths to date, including challenges, unique perspectives and experiences supporting the Air Force mission as women in traditionally male-dominated career fields.
Women from the Lockheed Martin WIN team also discussed their roles, and shared how they help shape and secure the necessary support to the Air Force as our customer to ensure successful execution of the Air Force mission. The full-circle view was appreciated by all attendees, and perhaps best illustrated during the tour of the F-35 training facility, where Aircraft Maintenance Instructors, who are also female Lockheed Martin employees, discussed recent improvements in training technology and equipment, as a direct result of feedback given to Lockheed Martin from the customer.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Site and Aero Field Sales Support Systems Engineering Director Tom Aitken, in collaboration with MFC, Aeronautics, the 33rd Fighter Wing and Lockheed Martin WIN team, coordinated the tours.
“I’d like to personally thank Mr. Aitken for taking the time to work with so many entities to make this tour a reality,” said SOF GLSS Program Director David Starr. “The feedback I’ve received from participants is of great appreciation and gratitude for the expansion of knowledge on the F-35 and F-22 programs from both the Lockheed Martin and Air Force perspectives. This tour set the pace for future collaboration opportunities.”
“The opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience among women, from contract to customer and back was inspirational,” said Fort Walton Beach WIN Lead Katherine Starr. “These tours celebrated the impact of women in the workforce and the impact of Lockheed Martin and the United States Air Force on the continuing evolution of today’s warfighting capabilities.”
SOURCE: LOCKHEED MARTIN