MAJ. GEN. Kathy E. Thomas of Durango, Colo., will speak Friday at this year's Veterans Day event at the El Dorado County Veterans Memorial in Placerville. Retired, she is wearing the Navy flight jacket of her late father, who lived in Placerville. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
MAJ. GEN. THOMAS began with the Strategic Air Command and ended up in intelligence, working with spy satellites.
EARLY IN HER CAREER Maj. Gen.Thomas helped write the protocols for women in the Air Force.