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Women's History Month Feature: Mrs. Theo Sick

Portrait of a woman

Mrs. Theo Sick, mother of Air Force Sustainment Center Director of Logistics Jeff Sick, was recruited as a Rosie after finishing high school at age 17.

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

Mrs. Theo Sick, mother of Air Force Sustainment Center Director of Logistics Jeff Sick, was recruited as a Rosie after finishing high school at age 17. She worked on the manufacturing of ailerons and ruddervators for aircraft such as the P-40 in Hammondsport, New York, in 1943 and 1944 for Mercury Aircraft.

“My mother still remembers working on the factory floor, running the rivet guns and working with raw metal, forms and dies, and supporting the war effort,” Jeff Sick said. “She still fondly reminisces on this time in her life as if it were yesterday. This is a testament to the patriotism and fortitude of not only her, but to the millions like her who came together in a time of national crisis and provided the military might for our country to win the war.

“It is also a great story for all of today’s 17 year olds … that you, too, can make a difference, roll up your sleeves and do anything you want to do.  That is what makes America such a great nation and why this month is not only a great time to reflect on the past, but also look forward to the promise it brings to all women who seek to better themselves and be a part of the greatest country on earth.”