100 years ago on this day, the first female Sailor joined males among the ranks of the U.S. Navy opening the door for many more women to come. Nimitz is proud to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of those who have gone before us and those who serve today. Please join us over the next ten days in commemorating 100 stories from some of the women that continue to make history every day.
Lt. jg. Nikkol Rajkovacz, U.S. Navy pilot
“My advice to females who are aspiring to be pilots is to not let anyone doubt you. You will get a lot of that, especially as a female, and you can’t let that get to your head because I can promise you we can do it too.”
Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Kendra Velazquez
“I’ve gained confidence. The confidence to do things I didn’t think I could. The confidence to ask for help and understand that I don’t know the answer to everything.”
Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Jordana Mangum
Idaho Falls, Idaho
“If you had told me a few years ago I’d be a mechanic, I would’ve laughed at you. The equipment I work on sometimes is so fragile that I can’t even touch it with my hands and we have to use special tools. Precision is a huge part of my job; something I thought I’d never say.”
Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Kirsten Tice
Salt Lake City
“The Navy is all about interacting with people, a bad attitude is going to lead to a bad time while trying to get something done. I’ve learned to adjust my attitude no matter the circumstance.”
Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Christine Cameron
Brown Town, Va.
“One of the biggest and best orchestras holds auditions behind a curtain. It doesn’t matter what they look like, what their sex is, just how they play. That’s how it should always be.”
Damage Controlman 2nd Class Emily Souza
“The biggest challenge for myself is doing a ‘man’s’ job. I’m a firefighter so it’s not a very predominant field of work for a woman. A lot of people have their doubts and think I need help. I like showing them up by doing everything that they can, it pushes me to do more and be better.”
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Bradley Clase
Patterson, N. J.
“I was raised by a single mom and being able to celebrate all the strong and independent women in the Navy and out in the civilian world is important to me. I saw the struggle she went through and I can’t thank her enough for getting me to where I am today.”
Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Ashley Green
“There is no difference in terms of leadership possibilities between men and women. Being male or female does not make you more or less qualified to be a leader.”
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Kerystyn Johnson
“Future women who join need to be mentally strong if they are not already. That will lead to a more successful career.”
Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Victoria Gallegos
San Jose, Calif.
“My proudest moment in the Navy is when there was a downed aircraft that I helped fix. It was so satisfying to watch it back flying in the skies again knowing I contributed to that.”