Paying tribute to trailblazing women
By Patricia Boothe, ANAD Protocol OfficeFebruary 20, 2020
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Women's history celebrates the achievements of women throughout the world.The month of March is a time when we pay tribute to generations of women who opened the door and paved the way for women equality.With so many contributions and achievements throughout the years, women are still making strides and breaking barriers today - from winning the right to vote to equal pay and treatment in the workplace to the many critical positions that women occupy today.As we look at broken barriers and glass ceilings being shattered, we can also look to the women of Anniston Army depot.From the beginning, women played a major role in the success of ANAD - from its meager beginnings as a four-person workforce to the several thousand employees that we have today.The women of ANAD are a vital part of its growth and more importantly its success. They serve in many positions in direct support of ANAD's mission to support the warfighters.When we think of how far we've come since the 1940s, the women at ANAD have constantly broken barriers and moved from "traditional" women's work to take on what many saw as a "traditional" man's job.We are thankful for the women of ANAD who set the example of "no limits" and moved from the offices to the shops.The women who fought for promotions and proved they had the skill sets to match any male co-worker.We pay tribute to the first women who moved beyond those traditional jobs to make a different impact in the support of the warfighter.ANAD is filled with trailblazers who set the example and crushed the ceilings of their times.From the secretaries, to first line supervisors, branch chiefs, directors and commanding officers, ANAD continues to evolve in how women impact our success as a depot.Though there are many doors open, women still have many barriers to break as they continue to be a vital part of the growth and success of the depot.LUNCHEON PLANNED FOR MARCH 12from Staff Reports, ANAD Public AffairsAnniston Army Depot's Women's History Month Luncheon is scheduled for March 12 at 11:30 a.m. in the Berman-Varner House.Tickets are $10 and are available through directorate secretaries.The menu for the event is grilled bruschetta chicken, green beans, garlic roasted new potatoes, garlic knot, garden salad, strawberry cannoli, tea and water.Donna D. Ferguson is scheduled to speak at the luncheon.Ferguson is the chief of the Behavioral Sciences Education and Training Division for the U.S. Army Military Police School.She oversees the training, education and development of Military Police first responders, Military Criminal Investigative Organizations and other multidisciplinary professionals in the areas of special victims' capabilities.She currently serves as a member of the U.S. Army Family Advocacy Fatality Review Board and as a member of the Department of Defense's Sexual Assault training team for the military's first Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Unit Victim Advocate training, along with teaching at the U.S. Army's SHARP Academy since its inception.Her mental health experience, coupled with a conceptual understanding of vicarious trauma, led her to develop the U.S. Army's Critical Incident Peer Support course that assists in helping professionals process their exposure to vicarious trauma. The CIPS program was deployed externally on three significant occasions: 2009 Fort Hood Shooting, 2010 Iraq Sexual Assault case and 2014 Fort Hood shooting.For additional information about the luncheon, contact the Protocol Office at Ext. 6243.
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