EAA Backs Congressional Effort to Honor WASP
May 7, 2009 — EAA has lent its support to two bills under consideration to award the Congressional Gold Medal to World War II Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). In separate letters to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny called the bills, “well deserved recognition of the efforts put forth by all the great women who supported our country during World War II.”
Members of the WASP carried out their missions with deep focus and precision, and by ferrying replacement aircraft to the front line forces these pilots were the true strength that led to the air victory over our WWII enemies.
By awarding the Congressional Gold Medals to them, the WASP will be acknowledged for the professionalism, confidence, commitment, and competence of these women, and deep gratitude for a preserving our nation’s freedom. The WASP truly were pioneer leaders for today’s women in aviation.
“Rewarding the efforts and sacrifices of these women is long overdue and extremely deserved,” said Poberezny. “Their service was instrumental in the successes of our country during a time of national need. “