Jeanne Holm, Special Assistant for Women’s Affairs
President Ford appointed Jeanne Holm, Major General USAF (Retired), as Special Assistant to the President for Women on March 8, 1976. She succeeded Patricia S. Lindh, who had resigned to become Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.
Jeanne Holm enlisted in the armed services during World War II and later became the first woman to attend the Air Command and Staff College. She went on attain the rank of Major General in the Air Force, and at the time of her retirement in June 1975 had the distinction of being the highest ranking woman ever to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
As Special Assistant, Holm served as a liaison with women’s organizations and provided the President and White House staff members with advice on legislation, regulations, and executive orders. Her office also developed programs supporting women’s civil rights and encouraged recruitment of women for top-level government positions.
Air Force Thunderbirds Flyover
White House photographer Oliver Atkins created this composite photo of two images taken of President Nixon and family attending commencement ceremonies at the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium. They are watching a flyover by the Air Force’s Thunderbirds team. 6/4/1969.
-from the Nixon Library
On May 15, 1942, Lieutenant Ronald Reagan requested a transfer to the Army Air Force. As part of the transfer, Reagan was assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit. There, he worked on, and eventually starred in, film shorts to promote World War II efforts.
This movie still of Ronald Reagan in a P-40 airplane is from the Army Air Force training film “Identification of a Japanese Zero.” 1943