Maj. Allison Black, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs operations communication team chief, shared her experiences in modern warfare with more than 700 veterans during the American Legion mid-winter conference March 22, 2011, in Washington. The former AC-130H Spectre evaluator navigator recounted how she and her crew flew into Northern Afghanistan insurgent territory in 2001, while assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Black is the first female AC-130H navigator to shoot in combat operations and the first female Air Force Combat Action Medal recipient. (U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Tiffany Trojca)

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