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Women’s History Month: U.S. Army honors service of women for military and civilian service

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"I have never considered myself anything but a Soldier. I recognize that with this selection, some will view me as a trailblazer, but it’s important that we remember the generations of women, whose dedication, commitment and quality of service helped open the doors of opportunity for us today. There are so many talented women in our Army today … you would be impressed."

- Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, then Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, who became the first female four-star general in U.S. military history

Dunwoody confirmed as first female four-star

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March 2009: National Women's History Month Army Heritage and History Web site

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Feb 15- Mar. 15, 2009: Stand Down on Suicide Prevention

Mar. 16, 2009: Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Women's History Month: U.S. Army honors service of women for military and civilian service

What is it?

March is Women’s History Month, a time during which we honor the many invaluable contributions and accomplishments made to our country by women.

Women play a vital role in the Army of today; they are leaders, officers, non-commissioned officers and outstanding enlisted Soldiers who contribute to our Army’s and nation’s rich history. They are valuable civilian employees, administrators, analysts, managers, scientists and technicians. They are doctors, pilots, mechanics, military police officers and engineers. We honor all women for their military and civil service, for their strength and for their willingness to sacrifice everything for the freedom and liberty cherished by all Americans.

Why is it important this to the Army?

Throughout our history, from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts, women have made sacrifices for our nation: our females in uniform and civilian service – mothers, sisters, daughters and wives- have placed the needs of our nation above their own.

Women, uniform and civilian service, in today’s Army experience a level of equality and opportunities that exceed those available in the larger civilian community. Opportunities for career advancement are plentiful for women in the Army family.

In celebrating Women’s History Month, we emphasize the value the Army places on diversity. We know there is strength in diversity. We are “Army Strong” because we embrace the strengths of diverse people in an inclusive environment.

What is the Army doing?

During the period from Mar.1 through Mar. 31, the Army will highlight and honor Women, military and civil service, at all levels by telling their story in command information products at all levels. Public affairs guidance is available at Army Public Affairs Portal (AKO registration required). Installations and Forces Command Public Affairs Officers are asked to highlight these stories and share them with Army.Mil in print and video via the web.

Resources:

Army Heritage and History Web site

Army G-1 Women in the Army Web site

Army Women’s Museum Web site

U.S Army Center for Military History/Women in Army History Web site

POC: For more information or to submit stories Mr. Philip Jones

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