Women's History takes center stage at Exchange event
By Amanda Ravenstein, 1st Inf. Div. PostMarch 25, 2019
Robin Ayling, Army & Air Force Exchange general manager, welcomed guests to the event before introducing the speakers which included representatives from the American Red Cross, the U.S. Army Women's Corps and others.Rebecca Estrella, American Red Cross, talked about the brave women in the organization. Primarily, founder Clara Barton, whose efforts during the Civil War were a testament to the strength of the women who took it upon themselves to help in those great times of need.Retired 1st Sgt. Ruby Robinson spoke on behalf of the U.S. Army Women's Corps. She spoke of the brave women who came before her and did courageous things to shape women in the military. She also told of her experience as one of the first female paratroopers."I got the courage, and I did go to jump school," she said. "And as a matter of fact, we have two females that got credit to be the first two females to be jumpers. They were Whiskey 1 and Whiskey 2 and I was Whiskey 7. I was the seventh person to go to jump school and that was May 1974. If you ever go to Fort Benning, Georgia, in the Harmony Church, they have a plaque on the wall of the first 50 females that went to Airborne School."Another speaker was Spc. Morgan Selep, Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard and the only female trooper. She expressed her pride in being asked to speak at the event saying that she was honored to be a part of the team and be able to talk about it."I come into work and I put on my uniform and I am just excited, I feel pride," she said. "I love my uniform. I love the people I work with and I am just happy to be here."After the speakers, cake and coffee were served while guests had the chance to look at display board of past and present military women. Trivia questions were asked and those guests who answered correctly won prizes.