Pvt Marion I. Chadwick, Pvt Jessie O. Young and Pvt Marjorie N. Barrett learn how to rig parachutes at the training school at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 1943. The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was officially established in 1943. By the end of World War II, more than 20,000 women had served in the Marine Corps, supporting Marines on land, sea and air. Photo from the Marine Corps Women's Reserve Collection at the Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections.
Two members of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve in training at the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Norman, Oklahoma, unfold wing section to flight position during a day's work at the school, 1943. Photo from the Sarah Thornton Collection at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections.
Capt Elizabeth A. Okoreeh-Baah, the first female MV-22 Osprey pilot, stands on the flight line after a combat operation March 12, 2008. The Nashville, Tenn, native spent five years flying the CH-46E Sea Knight before transitioning to the corps' newest aircraft. Photo by Cpl Jessica Aranda.
Capt Karla Cumbie (left) and LCpl Timothy Miller perform a preflight check on a UH-1Y Venom Huey helicopter assigned to the Purple Foxes of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 before flight operations aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay. Currently, Capt Cumbie is a Weapons and Tactics Instructor responsible for training and leading her fellow Marines. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt Karrie Brimhall, a CH-53E Super Stallion pilot with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conducts operations over Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2012. Brimhall provided aerial support by repositioning the M777 howitzers to Camp Dwyer. Photo by Sgt Keonaona C. Paulo.