Illustration showing the components of the LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBM.



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In addition to the racial integration, 1948 also marked another milestone with regard to military women. President Harry S. Truman signed the Women’s Armed Service Integration Act on June 12, 1948 and Esther McGowin Blake had the distinction of being designated the first woman enlistee on July 12. Blake enlisted in the Women in the Air Force the first minute of the first hour of the first day regular Air Force duty was authorized for women. Other women already serving on Air Force bases in the Women's Army Corps were allowed to administratively convert to Air Force at the same time --many having served the Army Air Forces faithfully during the war.

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