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International Women's Day A Veteran Story of Women


March 12, 2020

Courtesy Kimberly Patterson

Kim Patterson in her uniform from years past.

Kimberly J. Patterson

Structure, commitment, rules and regulations in the United States Air Force life was not a new routine for Kimberly J. Patterson.

Patterson made the change to the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, and joined the Air Force ROTC program. Appying herself, as she had learned in Catholic schools, advancing was a goal she had set.

Graduating in the top one percent of her class, earned Patterson a regular commission in the United States Air Force in 1988.

Erin Callahan

Trading her volleyball uniform  for a uniform in the United States Air Force, was a strong choice, with no regrets for MSgt Erin Callahan.

She gave up college and  a volleyball scholarship upon graduating from high school in El Reno, Oklahoma in 1997 and went into the medical field of the Air Force.

Her draw to the military came from her dad, who served in the United States Army, and her grandfather who held the rank of MSgt in the United States Air Force. "I wanted to do something fulfilling and that lead me to the military." Callahan has earned numerous ribbons and medals. Upon her retirement from the Air Force, next August, she plans to have displayed in a cabinet next to her grandfather's her ribbons and medals.

Nola Cary

Determined not to have her parents pay for her college education, Nola Cary choose the Air Force because that is the branch her father, Lewis Cary, Sr had served during WWII. Her plan was to use the GI Bill to complete her education after one four year enlistment.

In 1985, she was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant as an Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer, with her career plan fulfilled.

She remained at Keesler for the next 17 years retiring in 2002 as a Major with 23 years of service.

Jo E. Radcliffe

Jo E. Radcliffe comes from a military family. Her grandfather, and father both served in the U. S. Navy. Serving in the military, was a given in her mind and heart.

Radcliffe, is born and raised Californian. She graduated from Baldwin Park High School, in Baldwin Park, California in 1978. Upon graduation, she entered the work force. She worked for Bank America Card in Pasadena, California, and for a law firm in Los Angeles. This was not enough in her eyes, as she was looking for the right job and what she was doing at the time, did not fulfill her goals.

Radcliffe entered into the military in 1982, and headed to basic training in Texas.

She is active member of the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60. She is one of the honor guards, and is strong in her help to veterans and their families.

Her patriotism runs deep.

Rhonda A. Rasgorshek

Penny Merryfield

Airman R. Rasgorshek plays taps during Memorial Day ceremony.

Rhonda A. Rasgorshek was raised in a military home. She was born at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota, went to school at Edwards AFB in California, and then transferred down to Howard AFB, Panama with her father, James Merryfield.

Rasgorshek moved again, but this time to Kimball, Nebraska, while her dad finished his tour in Panama.

This military influence would put a call into her years later. She graduated from high school in Belleville Illinois and headed back to Nebraska to attend college at Chadron. She would also attend classes at WNCC.

Rasgorshek enlisted in the Air National Guard in Cheyenne, Wyoming on June 23, 2010. She would serve her term in active guard.

This is just a few of the women in our area who have server. Others are: Beverly Webb, georgia Smith, Nina Radcliffe, Marti Mace, Jennifer Wise Sherman, Victoria Smithey, Penny Merryfield.

For your service - we thank you.


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