On the morning of April 9, an aircrew of five from the 18th Air Refueling Squadron gathered to fly a ‘tanker’ into the sky. Though their operation was standard operations at McConnell, the manning of the flight was anything but.
That’s because the aircrew consisted of only women: Four KC-135 Stratotanker pilots, Lt. Col. Suzie Jones, Maj. Suzanne Crespo Valentin, Maj. Monica Riggs, Capt. Sarah Cassman, and one boom operator, Tech. Sgt. Sarajo Danis. Lt. Col. Suzie Jones, 18 ARS director of operations and a KC-135 pilot, organized the aircrew.