The USAF is moving to topple entrenched barriers and getting after biases that still perpetuate in its culture, Van Ovost said. 'I'm all for it,' she said of the policy changes, such as the height restriction reversal. 'If it still maintains a military decorum, we still achieve commander's intent, and we do no harm, then why wouldn't we?
As a captain, Van Ovost said she made sure to act as a mentor or a guide in some way as more and more women came into the ranks–especially during her test pilot days when women were few and far between.
Male pilots viewed them as less capable. When she eventually became an instructor, she wanted to instill into female pilots' minds that they were just as ready as the guy next to them.
Ordinary soldiers as a group.
He rose through the ranks to become a general.