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Military plumbers are female too


With a few exceptions, women can do any job in the military.

At Hurlburt Field, they fly planes, command squadrons....and fix the pipes.

These three airmen proves there's nothing you can't learn.

When they signed up to serve, none of them checked a box that said "plumbing"

"My first pick was photography, actually," said SSgt Demette.

Their official job description is water and fuel systems maintenance. Early on, senior airman Olivia Beavers found out what that could mean.

46:05 sra beavers "so I walk in and there was just nasty stuff on the floor. I'm trying to tip toe.... yeah."

If the job wasn't what they expected, Staff Sergeant Victoria Demette says on the job, they're not what people expect.

"They ask what are you here for. And I read them, oh, I'm here for this work order in the men's bathroom. Why did they send you? 'cause it's my job," Demette said.

Airman First Class Molly Long was a hairdresser who wanted to work in the dental field.

She says for her, plumbing is a better fit than either of those jobs.

"I like everything. I like going out, I like taking stuff apart, fixing it, digging holes, gettin dirty. It's just fun."

Matter of fact, she's already made a long-term commitment to a fellow plumber.

"Never thought I would meet my husband in plumbing training" Long said.

While all three airmen say they're enjoying their work now, they don't plan to continue their plumbing careers when they're finished with the Air Force.