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BALTIMORE — Beginning Wednesday, ships will dock in the Baltimore area for the Fleet Week Festival, which will honor members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. It will also be an opportunity to showcase the outstanding achievements of women in military careers.

“This is really an opportunity for us to get out there and show the public what our ship can do,” said Janet Broome, commanding officer of the USS Marinette.

Janet Broome is the commanding officer of the USS Marinette, which will be in Baltimore for Fleet Week. Broome is responsible for ensuring that the ship and its crew function properly.

She told WJZ she often thinks about how her career field has changed.

“Today, our highest leadership position in the Navy is a woman,” Broome said. “Even the head of the Naval Academy is a woman. There are women in some pretty senior leadership positions today and that’s great because when I was younger, I never had the opportunity to see women in those leadership positions.”

Rear Admiral Nancy Lacore is another key figure during Fleet Week. She is responsible for planning and executing many of the events.

Lacore joined the military in 1990, when many jobs were not open to women.

“In 1993, the military exclusion law was partially repealed, allowing women access to combat ships and helicopters,” said Lacore. “That’s where I ended up. I flew helicopters.”

Some of the impressive flypasts you’ll see at Fleet Week are flown by women, including retired Southwest Airlines captain Sabrina Kipp.

“I will bring a North American B-25 bomber, a World War II bomber,” Kipp said.

She said she started flying nearly 50 years ago and was only one of two women at her flight school.

“I never believed in gender discrimination in careers,” Kipp said. “Growing up, I always believed that you should do what you are capable of and that there should be no gender barriers.”

These women want to convey this message to other young women who are considering a career in traditionally male-dominated professions.

“The more positive stories we can tell and positive role models we can show, the better I think we can get more women on board,” said Lacore.

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