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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Since 1980, the federal government has proclaimed March as National Women’s History Month to promote, celebrate and educate people on the incalculable contributions of women in support of our great nation.

With 2020 marking the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, this year’s Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.” The campaign for women’s voting rights lasted more than seven decades and is considered the largest reform movement in American history. In March, we can reflect and celebrate the achievements of the suffragettes and honor their perseverance in the fight against discrimination.

Our country cannot succeed without the leadership and tenacity of American women. They defend our country, run businesses and serve as public officials. They are an enormous part of what makes our country so incredible, and their contributions at home, work and in government cannot be understated.

Fort Leonard Wood and our three regiments have their own place in the history of gender equality. The Women’s Army Corps supported the Chemical Warfare Service dating back to WWII; women have been fully integrated in the Military Police Corps since 1975; the Engineer Regiment was the first to open combined arms positions to women; and Fort Leonard Wood became one of the first training installations to combine men and women in basic training companies in 1977. Now, women serve in every military occupational specialty in the Army. From private to general officer, women in our military have and continue to play a critical role in mission accomplishment. Take some time this month to reflect upon the contributions of women to our nation and celebrate their phenomenal achievements.

Victory Starts Here — Victory Through Skill!