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95th MSG hosts Women's History Month with school visits, WASPs panel discussion

These four female pilots leaving their ship at the four engine school at Lockbourne are members of a group of WASPS who have been trained to ferry the B-17 Flying Fortresses. (U.S. Air Force photo)

These four female pilots leaving their ship at the four engine school at Lockbourne are members of a group of WASPS who have been trained to ferry the B-17 Flying Fortresses. (U.S. Air Force photo)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Each year, March is designated as National Women's History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country.  

The stories of women's historic achievements present an expanded view of the complexity and contradiction of living a full and purposeful life. 

This year, the Women's History month celebration is sponsored by the 95th Mission Support Group. The celebration begins with school visits from women in the technical, administrative, and professional fields representing the Edwards community. 

The celebration culminates on March 27 with a special panel discussion with Women Airforce Service Pilots. WASP were the first women in history to fly American military aircraft in World War II, and who forever changed the role of women in aviation. 

The knowledge of women's history provides a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. This perspective can encourage girls and women to think larger and bolder and can give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. 

The theme for this Women's History Month is "Generations of Women Moving History Forward."  This theme celebrates the wisdom and tenacity of prior and future generations of women and recognizes the power and impact of generations working together.  

Moving history forward is a process of individuals coming together for the greater good of the society and confirming the idea that individuals working together can be effective in building a better, more compassionate world.