The Warhawk Air Museum will host a free day-long symposium, “The Footprint of Military Women, Idaho and Beyond” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the museum, 201 Municipal Dr. in Nampa.
One organizer, Betty Rodgers, said the event will feature local and national speakers, including a keynote from retired U.S. Air Force Brig. General Wilma Vaught. A panel of women veterans will discuss issues including a pending new law that would require young women, along with young men, to register for the draft.
A sharing of combat stories and a Q&A with a panel of veterans and more activities are also on the roster.
The symposium content is timely, said Rodgers. This year’s Veterans Day Parade, 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Downtown Boise, will be dedicated to military women, as will Boise State University’s Veterans Week activities.
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This event, the first of its kind at the Warhawk, is dedicated to Cpl. Carrie French, killed by a roadside bomb in 2005 while serving with the Idaho Army National Guard. French was the first Idaho woman to die in Iraq.