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January 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Considered one of the women pioneers in the military, Col Betty Price, USAF, ret. was commissioned in 1973 and served for 26 years on active duty, primarily in intelligence. Her distinguished career included assignments at the Air Force Academy, where she helped plan the entry of the first women to that institution; 4 tours in Washington, one of which was on the Secretary of Defense’s personal staff; 1 year at Osan AB in South Korea, where she was in charge of current intelligence; almost 4 years as a commander, where she was responsible for the mission and people of a 500-member targeting intelligence function; and a 4-month operational tour at Incirlik AB in Turkey, where she was chief of intelligence for Operation Provide Comfort. Her assignments also included academic studies at Stanford and the Navy and Air War Colleges.
Focusing on her pioneering days, Betty’s presentation is titled “Women in the Air Force: Moving Beyond ‘Coffee, Tea, or Me’”. In the 1970’s, women in the Air Force were often viewed as somewhat synonymous to airline stewardesses. How the Air Force got beyond that mindset makes an interesting story. Her presentation will relive those days in the 70’s, recount what it was like to be a woman officer, and look at how those efforts opened the door to the amazing utilization of women today.