• ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, spoke at the Sisters in Arms monthly meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. Representative Gabbard is also a Captain in the Hawaii's National Guard 29th Brigade Combat Team. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, USARPAC PAO).

    Sisters in Arms empower one another

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, spoke at the Sisters in Arms monthly meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. Representative Gabbard...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, reenlist Staff Sgt. Mary Valdez during the Sisters in Arms meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. Gen. Brooks picks Valdez as one of the first committee members to head-up the Sisters in Arms program. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, USARPAC PAO).

    Sister in Arms empowers one another

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, reenlist Staff Sgt. Mary Valdez during the Sisters in Arms meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. Gen. Brooks picks...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, spoke at the Sisters in Arms monthly meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. Representative Gabbard was honored that the Sisters in Arms committee asked her to address the audience. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, USARPAC PAO).

    Sisters in Arms empower one another

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, spoke at the Sisters in Arms monthly meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. Representative Gabbard...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commanding general for the United States Army Pacific, presents Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, with a gift with the group's logo, a banyan tree providing a canopy of shade and shelter with expanding branches, etched on it at the Sisters in Arms monthly meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. Representative Gabbard was honored that the Sisters in Arms committee asked her to address the audience. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, USARPAC PAO).

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, spoke at the Sisters in Arms monthly meeting held at the Aliamanu Military R

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commanding general for the United States Army Pacific, presents Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, with a gift with the group's logo, a...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, addressed the crowd as the day's special guest speaker at the Sisters in Arms monthly meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. The Sisters in Arms program has been in existence for nearly 120 days and empowers women by building stronger bonds and mentorship. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, USARPAC PAO).

    Sisters in Arms empowers one another

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, addressed the crowd as the day's special guest speaker at the Sisters in Arms monthly meeting held at the Aliamanu Military...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Col. Brenda Andrews, a committee member of the Sisters in Arms program, addresses the audience during a special Sisters in Arms meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard who represents Hawaii's second congressional district, addressed the crowd as the day's special guest speaker. The Sisters in Arms program has been in existence for nearly 120 days. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, USARPAC PAO).

    Sisters in Arms empowers one another

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Col. Brenda Andrews, a committee member of the Sisters in Arms program, addresses the audience during a special Sisters in Arms meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. Congresswoman...

  • ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, presents Staff Sgt. Mary Valdez, with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, with a commanders coin of excellence for during her reenlistment ceremony at the Sisters in Arms meeting held at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, Jan. 21. The reenlistment marked the first reenlistment for Gen. Brooks for 2014.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, USARPAC PAO).

    Sisters in Arms empowers one another

    ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii " Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, presents Staff Sgt. Mary Valdez, with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, with a commanders coin of excellence for during her reenlistment ceremony...

ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii -- After only 120 days in existence, the U.S. Army Pacific's Sisters in Arms program continues to garner attention throughout the Pacific theater.

The mentorship program's committee was honored to host Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District, as the guest speaker for the Sisters in Arms meeting Jan. 21.

Gabbard talked about her personal experiences as an officer serving in Hawaii's National Guard's 29th Brigade Combat Team and as a member of Congress.

Gabbard said that individuals are judged based on their work performance and how well they present themselves. She also said people may set themselves up for negative criticism if they give less than 100 percent effort at any given task.

"Ultimately it is your performance that speaks the loudest," Gabbard said. "If you put your head down and understand that I will do my best always, and in all ways…that is something that each of us has in us."

She said the Sisters in Arms program empowers women by developing strong bonds and partnerships between junior and senior leaders; military and civilian alike.

"It's how you handle yourself in times of challenge, it's how you handle yourself in times of excellence, and everything in between, that makes the difference for us as leaders," said Gabbard.

After the speech, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USARPAC commanding general, thanked Gabbard for taking the time to address the audience. He then presented her with a koa wood tray with the Banyan tree Sisters in Arms logo engraved on it.

"It is an honor to have Congresswoman Gabbard here with us," said Brooks. "This is exactly what we want for Sisters in Arms, and that is, to share the knowledge that exists in every person."

For more information and updates on the Sisters in Arms program check out the program's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Army-Pacific-Sisters-in-Arms.

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