Saturday, March 17, 2007

Don't mess with these ladies!

Whereas my blogger e-friend pumuckl admits to liking a uniform, I really think these piccies send a much more fundamental message.

As I pointed out there, I believe the West enjoys an advantage in the 'clash of cultures'.
Whereas Islam largely shuts women out of a full role in the greater society - which effectively means ignoring 50% of your resource of brainpower, and labour - the West goes much further in recognising men and women as having equal (though sometimes different) roles in society.

All female tanker crew flies Afghan mission.
"The 376th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron flew an all female KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling mission over Afghanistan on January 31..."

9/26/2005 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- "A crew of six Airmen at a forward deployed location climbed aboard a C-130 Hercules together recently for the first time in their careers. But something distinguished this mission from others they had flown --it was the first time an all-female C-130 crew flew a combat mission..."

'Media moments these may be, but there are many, many women in Western military forces. I think these stories really illustrate the point quite well though.

And not to be outdone, Some RAAFies and their preferred form of transport - an F111

4 Comments:

Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Cute defence Amazons but somehow I doubt the RAAFies crew a F111 or we would have heard much more about it!

Sunday, March 18, 2007 5:32:00 pm  
Blogger pumuckl said...

thanks for being a good blogger e-friend :-)

and yes, my liking for uniforms does not have any deeper meaning than that I like men in uniform. maybe the deeper meaning comes from the fact that my dad was a police man :-)

am too tired and strained these days for writing meaningful posts... enjoy other blogs instead

have a good day

Sunday, March 18, 2007 10:22:00 pm  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

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Monday, March 19, 2007 1:15:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

(typos aplenty I'll start again)

Hi Prac

Looks like my first comment might have seemed a bit belittling as I know enough about the Air Force that it would not permit the all female fast jet crew (ie navigator and pilot) implied.

A little research http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/chivers_and_fifield.htm indicates the 2 Aussies are Flying Officer Brooke Chivers and Pilot Officer Aroha Fifield who (in 2000) completed their operational conversion course as Navigators (ie they'd fly in different jets) and are now flying in F-111s with 82 Wing at Amberley RAAF Base in Queensland. I hope they're still flying and wish them luck in a dangerous profession.

Pete

Monday, March 19, 2007 1:21:00 am  

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