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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, August 24 2012

Today's Focus:

Women's Equality Day: U.S. Army pays tribute to women, Soldiers and civilians

Senior Leaders are Saying

What a Soldier does reflects on the entire Army. If every Soldier focused on being a person of character, commitment, and confidence, our Army will become better than it is today.

- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III tells Soldiers that with force reductions coming, the Army will be eying those who best exemplify the qualities of a professional Soldier.

With force reductions, Army is looking at Soldier professionalism

What They're Saying

We try to simplify it as much as possible that your attention needs to be in the right place, your thinking needs to be in the right place and your energy needs to be in the right place. If you can get those things where you need them to be, that's a win.

- Valerie Alston, a performance enhancement specialist in the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness-Performance and Resilience Enhancement Program

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness aims to boost performance, resilience of Soldiers, families

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

August

Antiterrorism Awareness Month

Aug 26: Women's Equality Day Related site: Army.mil: Women in the Army

September

National Preparedness Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Suicide Prevention Month

Sept. 11: Patriots Day

Sept. 16: POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 25: Army.mil: Gold Star Mothers Day

Today's Focus

Women's Equality Day: U.S. Army pays tribute to women, Soldiers and civilians

What is it?

August 26 of each year is designated as Women's Equality Day in the United States. Instituted by U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the certification of the 19th Amendment 92 years ago in 1920, culminating many years of women struggling for the right to vote. As we acknowledge women's struggles and celebrate their right to vote, we also recognize women in the Army for their tremendous contributions and relentless spirit in helping to keep this nation free.

What has the Army done?

A tri-signed letter was signed by the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff and the Sergeant Major of the Army encouraging units, agencies and Army activities to plan and execute appropriate commemorative activities to celebrate Women's Equality Day and to recognize the many significant contributions of women in the Department of the Army.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will pay tribute to women by telling their stories in command information products at all levels. Army installations throughout the world will also honor them through local events.

Why is it important to the Army?

Throughout our history, from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts, women have made sacrifices for our nation and serve in the Army as valuable Soldiers and civilian employees in nearly every imaginable field. Over the past ten years of continuous combat, our Army has proven itself in some of the toughest environments we have ever faced. In the face of this adversity, women have displayed unparalleled ingenuity, flexibility and adaptability, embodying mental and physical toughness and courage under fire. We can be certain that when our freedom is threatened, women will be equal to any task. In celebrating Women's Equality Day, we emphasize the value the Army places on diversity. Women 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. We are Army Strong because we embrace the strengths of diverse people in an inclusive environment.

Resources:

Army Heritage and History website

Army G-1 Women in the Army website

Army Women's Museum website

U.S. Army Center for Military History/Women in Army History website

Tri-signed letter: Celebrating Women's Equality Day - August 26, 2012

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