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Cindi Feldwisch: One Of The First Women To Serve In The Air Force Honor Guard

Cindi Feldwisch

March 30, 2018 -Cindi Feldwisch was one of five women to serve as the first female members of the Air Force Honor Guard. In these high-profile and prestigious positions members are the face of the Air Force in important ceremonies, including funerals for Air Force members and their families. The women became known as the First Five and broke barriers for women who followed, changing things such as a rule that prevented them from carrying M-1 rifles during their official duties. Feldwisch went on to serve in the Air National Guard in several states, eventually attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After 34 years of service, she retired from the New Mexico Air National Guard in 2017.

Additional Reading:

Remarks entered in the Congressional Record by U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
USAFHG Recognizes First Female Ceremonial Guardsmen - USAF
40 Years Of Women On The Marks In USAFHG - YouTube video by Ken Holmes

Paws And Stripes Helps Veterans Forge New Life After Service

Paws N Stripes

December 29, 2017 – Thousands of veterans call New Mexico home. For vets who are struggling with injuries or challenges related to their service, the transition to civilian life can be difficult. Paws and Stripes in Albuquerque is a local organization that’s getting a lot of national attention.

The core of the program is matching veterans up with dogs from shelters and putting them both through service training. The dogs can help vets manage a range of emotional and physical needs. And both the dog and veteran have an opportunity for new adventures out in the community. The program also offers mental health counseling and the camaraderie of staff and graduates who can relate to what veterans are going through.

Producer Sarah Gustavus visited Paws and Stripes earlier this year to learn more about how the program works.