The, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, honored women's invaluable contributions to the military and public service during a Women's History Month celebration March 30. Attendees were highly motivated by the moving video tribute to women in the U.S. Army, which included Sgt. Brittany Jackamonis, a nine-year veteran with the Richland County Sheriff Department. Jackamonis gave a truly inspiring speech about the different obstacles she overcame in her life to become a successful police officer. She spoke about the benefit of hard work, education, and character in attaining life goals regardless of gender or race.

Battalion Soldiers and Family members connected with Jackamonis' examples of integrity, commitment, and perseverance. Lt. Col. Rafael Duran, the 2nd Bn., 39th Inf. commander, remarked that in light of the exemplary display of the great women in service, we recapped on a note from President John F. Kennedy that "[t]he heart of the question [of civil rights] is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities." The answer, he suggested, is that we must "treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated."

Fifty four years later today, we are witnessing the tremendous success and extraordinary accomplishments of women in the military. At the event battalion leadership presented Jackamonis with a certificate of appreciation and the battalion symbol, a falcon statue. The program gave everyone a greater appreciation for the women that work so tirelessly in the military each day, and Jackamonis' passion and drive filled the cadre and staff of 2nd Bn., 39th Inf. with a renewed sense of purpose and motivation to continue to demonstrate that victory starts here.