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PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H—Lt. Col. Jim Ryan presents Col. Nicole L. Desilets-Bixler  with a model KC-135 Stratotanker during her  during her retirement ceremony in building 264, on June 8, 2014. Bixler retires after 34 years of service and she has the distinction of being on the first N.H. Guard all-female flight crew which flew veterans to the Woman's memorial in Washington D.C. for its dedication. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H — Lt. Col. Jim Ryan, 133rd Air refueling Squadron commander, presents Col. Nicole L. Desilets-Bixler with a model KC-135 Stratotanker during her retirement ceremony in Building 264 here, June 8, 2014. Bixler retires after 34 years of service and enjoys the distinction of being on the first N.H. Air National Guard all-female flight crew which flew veterans to the Woman's Memorial in Washington D.C. for its dedication in 1997. (N.H. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H—Col. Nicole L. Desilets-Bixler  speaks about her shadow box that she was presented during her  during her retirement ceremony in building 264, on June 8, 2014. Bixler retires after 34 years of service and she has the distinction of being on the first N.H. Guard all-female flight crew which flew veterans to the Woman's memorial in Washington D.C. for its dedication. Her children, Robbie and Genevieve look on. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H — Col. Nicole L. Desilets-Bixler points to a shadow box that was presented to her during a retirement ceremony in Building 264 here, June 8, 2014 as her children, Robbie and Genevieve, look on. Bixler retires after 34 years of service and she has the distinction of being on the first N.H. Air National Guard all-female flight crew which flew veterans to the Woman's memorial in Washington D.C. for its dedication. (N.H. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H—Maj. Gen.  William N. Reddel III, The Adjutant  General of the New Hampshire National Guard presents Col. Nicole L. Desilets-Bixler with  the Legion of Merit during her retirement ceremony in building 264, on June 8, 2014. Bixler retires after 34 years of service and she has  the distinction of being on the first N.H. Guard all-female flight crew which flew veterans to the Woman's memorial in Washington D.C.  for its dedication. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H — Maj. Gen. William N. Reddel III, The Adjutant General of the New Hampshire National Guard, presents Col. Nicole L. Desilets-Bixler with the Legion of Merit during her retirement ceremony in Building 264 here, June 8, 2014. Bixler retires after 34 years of service and she has the distinction of being on the first N.H. Air National Guard all-female flight crew which flew veterans to the Woman's memorial in Washington D.C. for its dedication. (N.H. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MD.-- In this scanned photo from October 1997, from left to right, Tech. Sgt. Elaina D’Orto, Maj. Nicole Bixler, 1st Lt. Justyna Hudson and Capt. Laurie Farris stand beside a Pease KC-135 Stratotanker after flying a group of veterans to the dedication ceremony for the Air Force Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Bixler was the navigator for the first ever all-female flight crew that made the historic flight. (N.H. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Bill Becker)

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md.-- In this scanned photo from October 1997, from left to right, Tech. Sgt. Elaina D’Orto, Maj. Nicole Bixler, 1st Lt. Justyna Hudson and Capt. Laurie Farris stand beside a Pease KC-135 Stratotanker here after flying a group of veterans to a dedication ceremony for the Air Force Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Bixler was the navigator for the first N.H. Air National Guard all-female flight crew that made the historic flight. (N.H. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Bill Becker)

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