Rosie the Riveter’ inspires youth

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MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. -- Ms. Elinor Otto affectionately known as ‘Rosie the Riveter’ will fly with the Airman and Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing teaching young students to become the ‘Rosies’ of the future. The filight will take place December 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., also flying will be Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander, Air Mobility Command, and Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, the first female commander of Air Force Reserve Command.  AMC and the Air Force Reserve Command will also host local Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets on the flight.


The 98-year-old Otto will be mentoring and teaching the future military members, encouraging them to be involved in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics programs. Otto began building airplanes in 1942, as one of the first of millions of women who filled jobs vacated by men who were called to service during the war, commonly referred to as "Rosie the Riveters." She put her rivet gun down for the final time at age 95, earning the sobriquet of "America's Longest Working Rosie the Riveter." She will be joined by the Air Force Reserve's first female commander and nearly all-female crew celebrating the Reserve's 70th anniversary, and the 100th anniversary of March Field in April 2018.


Otto is part of a national campaign encouraging girls and young women to become "21st Century Rosies" by preparing for the jobs and careers in the high-tech economy of the future.


The flight is a local air refueling and aeromedical evacuation proficiency training mission between the Air Force Reserve’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing C-17 and KC-135 Stratotanker.