Posted by Doreen Higgins on Jul 08, 2019
We welcomed a most distinguished visitor to our meeting this week, Lt. Col Elizabeth Baker. She came to talk to us about her career, her acknowledgement of her obligations in the military, and the importance of readiness to guard the safety of our country. Her educational background is in management and computer technology, and she has a Master’s Degree in Military Operations and Science from the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.
 
Lt. Col Baker spoke first of her family and their support as she entered the military, enlisting in 1968 in the USAF as a Computer Operations Specialist and System Administrator. Her career since that time has been tremendously successful and infinitely variable as to activity and professional responsibility in locations all over the world where the USAF has interests and obligations. Currently, as Commander of the 117th Air Control Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, she is in charge of close to 200 personnel, providing combat-ready battle management forces to face air and missile threats. Her current forces also provide state authorities with a force ready to react to local emergencies.

Lt. Col Baker emphasized our obligation to give back to our nation, the necessity of defending the freedoms and opportunities that we have. She was inspired by her own background and that of her family to pursue her career, and she said we must ensure that we pass along this sense of obligation to the next generation. Part of the latter obligation is not only education but also the encouragement of a positive attitude towards our country and our society. We particularly appreciated Lt. Col Baker’s talk as we approached the Fourth of July celebrations for 2019.
 
Below is a photo of Past President Toni Marwitz, Lt. Col. Baker and Past President Susan Kleine