Sword Athena

Sword Athena is a working group of volunteers from across Air Combat Command that come together to identify, tackle, and propose solutions to female and family centric barriers to readiness. Working together they develop resolutions for their lines of effort and present them to leadership in order to garner the support needed to make their resolutions a reality.

Since the inception of Sword Athena in 2020, teams have successfully collaborated with multiple agencies to help develop new female hair regulations, increased the availability of maternity uniform sizes, removed barriers for nursing mothers and more.

News & Information

22 March 2024 ACC Sword Athena holds 2024 Summit

20 March 2024 AFA Supports Sword Athena's Langley-Eustis Family Readiness Summit 

24 January 2024 ACC calls for Sword Athena nominations

11 June 2023 Air Force Women Want One Thing: Make Us More Lethal

28 March 2023 ACC's Sword Athena 2023 Creates Plan of Attack

13 December 2022 Sword Athena is back for 2023

25 April 2022: (Post Outbrief to COMACC): ACC Commander greenlights Sword Athena Child Development Center App  

11 April 2022: ACC Sword Athena tackles readiness barriers 

7 March 2022: ACC accepting ideas for solutions to female- and family-centric readiness issues

29 December 2021: Air Force exchanges will carry more maternity uniforms at a dozen bases (Air Force Times)   

6 December 2021: Sword Athena drives change in maternity uniform accessibility 

20 November 2021: New Bladder Relief Device  

29 July 2021: Sword Athena drives positive change for servicewomen, families

9 July 2021: Sword Athena shines light on Reserve, ANG obstacles

11 June 2021: Challenging Assumptions: ACC officer volunteers to improve Spouse Inclusivity 

23 March 2021: Sword Athena 2021 launches with virtual ceremony 

11 March 2021: New Hair Regulations Improve Readiness of ACC Airmen 

24 August 2021: Gen. Holmes gifts Heraldic Device to ACC (after Sword Athena outbrief)

20 August 2020: ACC builds leaders armed for action

12 August 2020: ACC kicks off Sword Athena 2020

15 July 2020: ACC Sword Athena initiative takes action, builds connection

2 July 2020: ACC plans Sword Athena 2020





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