First Afghan Women Pilots in Training

July 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Women have been making strides in the effort to rebuild the Afghan military (see:  Training the First Female Afghan National Army Officers), and now they’re getting wings.  The first class of female military pilot recruits is in training at Lackland AFB near San Antonio, Texas:

Afghan Women Pilots Train At Lackland AFB

Women Break New Ground In Male-Dominated Culture

by Eileen Gonzales

SAN ANTONIO — Lt. Sourya Saleh, Lt Masooma Hussaina, Lt. Mary Sharifzada and Lt. Narges Safari are all in their early 20s. Although they were born with very limited possibilities in a culture dominated by men, they’re now part of a changing dynamic.

“We are going to open the door for our ladies in Afghanistan. it’s a big deal for us to open the door for others that other ladies that have dreams that they can’t do it, we want to show them,” said Lt Sourya Saleh.

“Their journey started about two years ago, when the Afghan army began looking for women to join. Then came the opportunity to become among the first female pilots in the Afghan Air Force…”

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