Life as the only woman in Taiwan’s Air Rescue Group

Want China Times
Date: 2015-08-23
By: CNA and Staff Reporter

Dressed in an orange flight suit, Tech Sgt Luo Hsiu-wen was the only woman in a

Luo Hsiu-wen and a colleague, Aug. 22. (Photo/CNA)

Luo Hsiu-wen and a colleague, Aug. 22. (Photo/CNA)

five-member crew getting ready to board a rescue helicopter at the Air Force base in Taiwan’s Chiayi county as they were undergoing a regular training drill to airlift people who are stranded.

Luo is the first female medical technician in the Air Force’s Air Rescue Group, which was established in 1954. Her experience in joining girl scout clubs in both high school and university sparked her interest in pursuing a career in the military after graduation, she said.

With her desire to challenge herself and save people’s lives, Luo decided to sign up to take the test to become one of the Air Rescue Group’s medical technicians after seeing the recruitment advertisement.

Surprised to find herself the only woman to take the test, Luo passed the examination in 2011. She became a qualified medical technician in the same year after six months of rigorous training with the group.     [FULL  STORY]

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