Cadets Diana Semilia and Olivia Conway, their mothers, and Captain Stein attended a special dinner and talk at the International Women’s Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport on Friday, November 13.
The speaker, Lt.Col. Rebecca “Buffy” Ohm was introduced after a buffet dinner. Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Ohm is the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander at the 180th Fighter Wing. LtCol Ohm started her career as a flight line crew chief in 1993. She became the first female fighter pilot at the 180th Fighter Wing and in the state of Ohio. She has been on several combat deployments and received the Air Medal in 2005 in support of Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
LtCol Ohm also became the first female fighter pilot in the state of Ohio to become an F-16 Instructor Pilot. Becky has combined her love of flying with an entrepreneurial spirit and in 2007 opened an aviation themed coffee shop, the Flying Joe, with her husband, in Perrysburg, Ohio. After her talk, the museum staff brought attention to the two cadets who were wearing their blues and offered them support in their flying careers.
The cadets got their pictures taken with Lt. Col Ohm and received a signed photo of her F-16 and her email address in case she could be of assistance to them as they plan their future.