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AETC announces winners for 2008 Women's History Month Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Role Model Awards

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Air Education and Training Command recently announced the winners for the 2008 Women's History Month Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Role Model Awards in the following categories:

Military Category: Lt. Col. Jill A. Long, 89th Flying Training Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Colonel Long is an articulate, inspirational spokesperson who engages audiences on aviation, military and personal experience. As special assistant to the commander, she led 136 North Atlantic Treaty Organization flight instructors along the same path, being a role model, mentor, and leader. As a founding member of Women Soar, an annual program that focuses on mentorship and empowerment, she encourages girls to explore educational/career opportunities in aviation, science, engineering, space and math. Colonel Long's leadership increased participation more than 300 percent in just two years. Off-duty, she is one of only seven female United States air show performers, giving time, energy and inspiring thousands each year.

Civilian Category: Ann P. Garner, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla. Ms. Garner led a team of engineers in the design and construction of 115 projects totaling 190 million dollars. A technical expert, she steered the construction of the $10 million Air Operations Center, the new hub for Air Force Northern Command and Control Operations. Ms. Garner guided construction of the Air Force's $28 million Northern Headquarters building, fortifying a link between Department of Defense and civilian agencies supporting Homeland Defense operations. An ambassador to the community, Ms. Garner mentored budding female scientists for five consecutive years in science fair competitions and tutored young women in algebra, geometry and science.

Both winners will compete at the Air Force level competition.
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