The remains of Elaine Harmon, a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II, were inurned Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, reported NBC News. Harmon died last year at the age of 95, but her family held on to her ashes in the hope that Arlington would reverse its policy regarding WASPs. In 2015, then-Secretary of the Army John McHugh declared the WASPS were no longer eligible for Arlington honors because of concerns over space limitations at the burial ground. WASPs were able to be buried at Arlington from 2002-2015. A congressional campaign to restore eligibility was led by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), an Air Force veteran and the first female combat pilot in US history, and was signed into law in May 2016. McSally attended the ceremony Wednesday and tweeted that she was “very excited to finally get to celebrate and honor the life of an amazing pioneer, Elaine Harmon.”
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.