Maine veterans celebrate the growing ranks of women in military


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When Winterville resident Sheri Drake joined the Air Force in 1981, she was told by her male superiors that “they’ve come a long way” in making women equal to the men with whom they served.

“But they hadn’t,” Drake said Saturday at a Maine Women Veterans event, hosted by Maine American Legion Women’s Advisory Committee and other veteran groups at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.

She said when she served, “you had to be one of the guys … to be a part of the team.”

It’s different for her daughter, Staff Sgt. Justine Drake of Old Town, who serves with the 101st Civil Engineer Squadron based in Bangor and just graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in civil engineering.

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