FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --
[Editor’s Note: Women’s History Month is recognized during the month of March. WHM is to acknowledge the contributions that women have made throughout the years and is apparent in all walks of life. The following information is to showcase different women at Fairchild Air Force Base who serve in various career fields]
92nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter
Airman 1st Class Katelynn Williams, 92nd CES firefighter.
Williams’s primary mission as a firefighter is to respond to in-flight emergencies, something that can be unpredictable and requires constant training in order to stay prepared for when the time comes to respond.
“It’s demanding and challenging,” she said. “You walk into work in the morning and have an idea of how your day will go, but then you get a call and you’re off to hopefully make someone’s day better.”
When asked about the diversity of women in the military, Williams said, “Women play the same important roles that men do. Whether you’re a male or a female firefighter, we’re all in it together… we’re able to rely on each other when we go into a dangerous situation… we’re all out there doing the same thing and have each other’s backs, no matter what.”
92nd Communications Squadron cyber systems operator
Staff Sgt. Amanda Morgan, 92nd CS cyber systems operator.
Morgan’s primary mission is to monitor Fairchild’s virtual and physical environment for authentication, and manage cyber patches and vulnerabilities.
When asked about the diversity of women in the military, Morgan said, “Just like different races and nationalities, women bring their own unique experiences to the mission… we’re rising through the ranks and even joining career fields that were once only open to men.”
92nd Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist
Maj. Whitney Hasbrouck, 92nd MDOS clinical psychologist.
Hasbrouck provides counseling services to those in need and impacts the way her patients interact with others in their lives.
When asked about the diversity of women in the military, Hasbrouck said, “I have worked with many incredible women in the military and admire the level of strength and perseverance that defines them. Often these characteristics are developed through facing challenges inherent to being female in a male dominated environment. Those women who come through adversity stronger naturally sharpen the people around them. By incorporating women into our military, we have turned the challenges of gender inequality into opportunities for growth.”