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The new face of war: A female general commands the U.S. air campaign
Foreign Policy ^ | 22 Mar 2011 | Thomas E. Ricks

Posted on 03/24/2011 8:55:36 AM PDT by Palter

This is the general overseeing the American part of the air campaign in Libya. Air Force Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, commander of the 17th Air Force, based in Germany, seems to be an expert in refueling and mobility, which is probably why she was picked for Africa Command, whose planners likely expected the command mainly to be doing humanitarian relief missions.

Instead she is overseeing airstrikes by B-2 bombers, F-15E fighter/bombers, and F-16 CJ jammers.

To my knowledge, this is the first time a woman has ever overseen an air campaign.


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airforce; feminism; libya; military
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To: Palter

Regardless of her gender, her flying experience, and her formal education, she still has more talent, experience, and integrity than her “commander in chief.” (no caps intentional).


51 posted on 03/24/2011 11:11:25 AM PDT by ab01
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To: JayAr36
Just answer the question!

I believe I did so I'll ask one in return. Once you have excluded all the women from the military who do you replace them with? You?

52 posted on 03/24/2011 11:12:29 AM PDT by K-Stater
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The party of the angry white male doesn't like a female in command, or in the military at all. Who would have thought? For the sake of all military members, I pray for her success.
53 posted on 03/24/2011 11:20:49 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: LuvFreeRepublic
The party of the angry white male doesn't like a female in command, or in the military at all. Who would have thought?

Is that how lowly you think of us? Well good, I'm glad to have that out in the open. I prefer to know who our allies are and who are the pretenders.

54 posted on 03/24/2011 2:43:36 PM PDT by triumphant values (Never criticize that to your right.)
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To: ab01

is she an AF Academy grad?


55 posted on 03/24/2011 4:31:22 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: triumphant values
For the record, I did 24 years in the USN/USNR and retired a GMCM (SW) — E-9. There are two countries in this world that have extensive experience with women in combat: 1) Israel (1948-1949) and 2) Russia (1941-1945). Neither of these countries intentionally assign women to combat arms in all female or mixed male female units. Both still employ women in supporting roles, but not infantry, armor, artillery, or where direct physical contact with enemy forces is sought. Why is this?

1. All female or mixed male female units take disproportionally high casualties as women try to “prove” themselves or men try to protect the women.
2. There are morale problems for both sexes when women are killed and dismembered or burned horribly as the result of combat action.
3. Women are simply not as strong as the men to do the really strenuous “grunt” work in the field. This can and has affected the ability to complete missions. Also, women have specific hygiene needs in the field that men don't have, and this can be a problem.

Other problems noted in American mixed-gender deployments:

4. Women often exercise the “option” of pregnancy the men don't have. In the American military, forward deployed females are sent to shore stations away from combat until the child is born. They are NOT replaced within the squadron, unit, or ship's company, so the work load on the remaining personnel is increased.
5. Morale problems caused by fraternization, preferential treatment (or accusation of), petty jealousies, and sexual harassment (both ways).
6. Intentional “fast-tracking” of women and minorities into high ranking officer ranks. Part of this is “ticket-punching” for these individuals by assigning them to combat slots they may not be ready for (too soon) or for purely PC reasons. Notice that the big push for females in combat slots (to qualify faster for higher grades) is preached by female officers and PC politicians. Most of them have ever heard shots fired in anger. Enlisted female service members usually do not desire or want combat assignments as a means to promotion.

56 posted on 03/24/2011 10:43:31 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: junta

“Women wage war compassionately.”

History would disagree. Certainly, Irish history would. Maggy Thatcher had to prop poor George up during GW I.

I hope she’s competent.


57 posted on 03/24/2011 10:59:34 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: K-Stater

I’ve done my time. And it wasn’t with the new Casterotie.


58 posted on 03/25/2011 7:16:39 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Education is what we had before educators. Mark Steyn)
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To: K-Stater

By the way, if you think you have answered the question then what was the improvement????


59 posted on 03/25/2011 7:19:11 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Education is what we had before educators. Mark Steyn)
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