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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

KATHRYN WIRKUS PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Lt. Col. Kathryn Wirkus of Miami, Florida, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1978 to 2006.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

2007 oral history interview; white mess dress jacket, blouse, skirt, cummerbund, necktie, studs and epaulets; copies of photographs; 7 postcards and letters from friends and family, 1978; Assignment list, Commander’s Call, Command’s for flight DPR ; retirement ceremony invitation January 6, 2006, weekly training schedules during officers’ training school, 1978; Officer Training School graduation Program 29 September 1978; Program for Officer Training School “Dining In”, 1978.


BIOGRAPHY

Kathryn F. Wirkus was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School in 1970 and went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro [UNCG]. She graduated in 1974 with a degree in childhood education and returned to Miami, where she taught kindergarten for a year. In 1976 Wirkus returned to UNCG to work towards a master's degree in communication and broadcast journalism, and was employed with the Greensboro magazine This Week in the Triad.

Wirkus enlisted in the air force and attended Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in summer of 1978. Her first assignment was to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Headquarters at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, where she worked in the ROTC office scheduling cadets and writing curriculum for two years. Wirkus was then transferred to Headquarters, Air Force Office of Special Investigations in Washington, D.C., where she worked as an education training officer. She was next stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico as the education training officer for the 1550 Combat Crew Training Wing.

After being passed over for promotion to major, she left the air force and joined the Air National Guard. She married Tom Lott, an air force security forces officer, and worked as a juvenile probation officer in downtown Albuquerque. During this time she underwent treatment for kidney cancer and earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling. Next, she and her husband moved to Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino, California, where Wirkus as a served social actions officer on base and later worked as a Spanish-English teacher for an elementary school. Eighteen months later, she and her husband moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, and she went inactive for a year. When the couple moved to March Air Force Base in California, Wirkus worked in a reserve position as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee. She was sent to Panama Canal and worked at Howard Air Force Base as the Air Force Reserve Program Manager for Headquarters U.S. Southern Command. In 1997, when the U.S. Southern Command relocated to Miami, Wirkus returned to active duty as Air Force Reserve Program Manager.

In 1999, she transferred to the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver, Colorado, where she worked as the chief of career management in the directorate of assignments for the air force reserve. From October 2002 to March 2003, Wirkus was deployed to Bogotá, Columbia, as deputy for the training mission. Her last assignment was as program manager for the Air Force Reserve at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Wirkus retired from the U.S. Air Force in April 2006.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Kathryn Wirkus and Pontiac Firebird, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.010
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus in mess dress uniform, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.022
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Portrait of Kathryn Wirkus, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.071
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus at desk, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.072
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Flag folding, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.049
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Flag folding ceremony, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.050
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Female officers perform the flag folding ceremony, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.054
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Elizabeth Orie and Therese Robinson in flag folding ceremony, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.056
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Representatives in the flag folding ceremony, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.058
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus receives flag, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.059
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Lydia Wirkus in uniform, circa 1980
Item # WV0403.6.041
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus at a formal event, 1980
Item # WV0403.6.042
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus in mess dress uniform, 1989
Item # WV0403.6.043
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus receives Meritorious Service medal, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.046
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus holds Meritorious Service medal citation, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.047
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus with retirement gift, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.048
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus and Chaplain, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.032
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus and Saudi Arabian officer candidate, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.033
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Fifth Squadron on commissioning day, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.034
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Hat toss after graduation parade, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.035
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus poses with her new car, 1979
Item # WV0403.6.037
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus poses with a map, 1980
Item # WV0403.6.040
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus at her commissioning ceremony, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.023
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Fifth Squadron at commissioning, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.024
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus Receives 2nd Lieutenant bars, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.025
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Ed Edwards salutes Kathryn Wirkus, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.029
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Four Air Force Officers at commissioning parade, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.031
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus in FIGMO shirt, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.013
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Fifth Squadron in FIGMO shirts, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.016
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Meeting of Fifth Squadron at OTS, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.017
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Air force members in mess dress uniform, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.018
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Service members in mess dress uniform, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.019
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus and Kathy Jackson at Dining In, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.020
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus at the Air Force Association convention, 1979
Item # WV0403.6.073
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus makes major, 1992
Item # WV0403.6.075
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus promoted to lieutenant colonel, 1999
Item # WV0403.6.076
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus and Major General Valenzuela, 1999
Item # WV0403.6.077
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus givies retirement speech, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.062
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus and Therese Robinson, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.065
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus with family and friends, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.066
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus and former coworkers, circa 2005
Item # WV0403.6.068
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Oral history interview with Kathryn Wirkus, 2007
Item # WV0403.5.001
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus and Denise Hand at OTS, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.001
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Female OTS participants in fatigues, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.005
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus in "blues," 1978
Item # WV0403.6.006
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus in service dress uniform, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.007
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers
Kathryn Wirkus sits in front of locker, 1978
Item # WV0403.6.009
From the Kathryn Wirkus Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
7 postcards and letters from friends and family, 1978; Assignment list, Commander’s Call, Command’s for flight DPR ; retirement ceremony invitation January 6, 2006, weekly training schedules during officers’ training school, 1978; Officer Training School graduation Program 29 September 1978; Program for Officer Training School “Dining In”, 1978.