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Governor Mary Fallin celebrates Women's History Month at Altus Air Force Base

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ALTUS, OK (KSWO) - Thursday Governor Mary Fallin made a stop at Altus Air Force Base to celebrate Women's History Month at their annual luncheon.
 
The theme of the luncheon was "Trailblazing women in Business and Industry."   

Air Force history is filled with bold female Airmen who challenged the status quo and dared to fly, fight, and win.

March is Women's History Month and Thursday Governor Mary Fallin acknowledged that it is important that we recognize the women who have paved the way throughout history giving so much and making so many sacrifices.

"Whether it's in the military, or business sector, political sector, working mothers or mothers who stay home and raise children just to recognize the great contributions and talents women bring to the table to serve our great nation and to take care of our families," Fallin said.

Fallin shared her story about how her mother took on the role of mayor of Tecumseh after her father passed away. She said her mother balanced her work life, responsibilities as mayor, and her duties as a mom. Fallin also shared what her mother once instilled in her at a young age.

"I like to tell women to just reach for the stars and pursue their dreams they can be anything they want to be, they can be the first in their family, get a good education, never give up and if things don't work out, just keep trying and trying again," Fallin said."

And never giving up is something Major Brenda Franklin did. Franklin is Commander of the 97th Security Forces Squadron, a full-time mom, and commander in the Air Force.  She also battled cancer.

"That was the one thing that kept me going the whole time. I didn't even think about being sick. I thought about being there for my kids and what do I need to do to be there for them. I wanted them to know me and know me well and I wanted my husband to know that he was going to have someone to help him out with the challenge," Franklin said.

And though she overcame these challenges Franklin says she is proud like so many other women before her to be able to show what it means to be a woman in the armed forces.

"It's amazing to me, its a huge honor. It never occurred to me that I couldn't because that wasn't the message I got from my mom and I think that's important that we do that in the future. It's an amazing opportunity for women these days to have any career that they want," Franklin said.

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