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Idaho To Hold Veterans Day Salute To Women In The Military

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MAJ Nicole Washington (back row, left) and her all-female flight crew. Washington is the first female aviator to be rated to fly the Attack Helicopter (AH-64) and Utility Helicopter (UH-60).

As part of Veterans Day, the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa is holding a symposium Saturday on women in the military.

2016 is the Year of the Woman for Idaho’s military, both currently serving and veterans. Last week's Veterans Day parade in Boise was dedicated to woman.

Amethyst Keaten is a Senior Master Sergeant in the Idaho Air National Guard. She says women don’t make up a large percentage of her branch, the Air Force, but they have a big impact.

“I think that we do leave a pretty big footprint. I sort of attribute it to the pebble in the pond theory. We have that opportunity to have that ripple effect throughout the military and throughout military history,” says Keaten.

The Warhawk Air Museum is hosting “The Footprints of Women in the Military, Idaho and Beyond,” symposium which will include personal combat stories and a Q and A with women veterans. It begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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SFC Erin Smith is the first female tank crew member in the country

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