Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Airman First Class Meggen Pearsall-Ditmore. Meggen served as a et mechanic in the Air Force.

Meggen was born in Canton, South Dakota where she lived until she joined the Air Force. She enlisted in 1997 following her graduation from high school.

Meggen played a significant role in Air Force history as the first female Crew Chief of the A-10 Thunderbolt fighter jet. Her role in maintaining the aircraft was critical to Operation Desert Fox, a four-day bombing mission on Iraq in 1998. While in the Air Force, Meggen also spent time stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. She discharged in 1999.

Today, Meggen lives in Oregon with her husband, who is also a Veteran. Together, they have two children. Meggen graduated with her nursing certification from Grand Canyon University in 2016 and is currently working as a nurse.

Thank you for your service, Meggen!


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.


Graphic By Alexandra Craig: Alexandra Craig is an undergraduate senior at the University of San Francisco studying International Peace and Conflict Studies.

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Published on Oct. 16, 2018

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  1. Robert Bostic October 18, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Thank you for your service, Meggen!

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