Veteran Nancy Britton was one of the few military females in attendance at Goddard High’s Veterans Day Assembly, Friday. Chaunte’l Powell Photo
Back in the late 1950s, women weren’t really seen working outside of the home, let alone serving in the military. Now picture a confident 18-year-old female, several shocked military men and you will get a glimpse into Nancy Britton’s life during that time.
Britton enlisted in the Air Force directly after high school and worked as a postal administrator. She was the first female in the Air Force to work in this field.
“The men didn’t know what to do with me then,” she said. “When I reported for duty, the guys kind of sneered at me because I was a female.”
Despite the environment, she did all the administrative work, pitched mail and worked behind the customer service window on Saturdays. She also hauled mail and helped with locator service, or helped get addresses filed when people moved.
She recalls military life being much more strict than it is today. Barracks were separated by gender, but the training was completed by all.
She said during basic training, she and other female soldiers had to do all the warfare maneuvers, marching, kitchen patrol and Login to read more