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.