Master Sergeant (Ret.) Linda Card is a public affairs officer, equestrian, medical technician and role model for women currently serving in the armed forces. Card’s 24-year career began when she joined the Women in the Air Force in the early 1970s.
WAF was a program that served to bring women into limited roles in the Air Force. The program ended in 1976 when women were accepted in the service on an equal basis with men. Card worked at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., driving forklifts for the aerial support squadron. She was the first woman operator on base, completing tasks alongside men. Card’s career helped lead women into having roles on the flight line, allowing strong and willing women a chance to prove themselves.
“I would tell women today to ensure that they want to go into a nontraditional role; not to do it just to prove a point,” she said. “You have to believe in what you’re doing, take the technology, training, and do the best you can do.”