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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Since 1980, the federal government has commemorated March as National Women’s History Month to promote and celebrate the incalculable contributions of women in our country. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. Many in our country and around the world also recognize March 8 as Women’s Day.

The theme for Women’s History Month this year, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” honors women of all cultures, who have sacrificed their time, talent and efforts toward creating positive future possibilities for others.

We look upon women in every role and see the trail for opportunity they have created with grit and inspiration. Women lead, inspire, care and collaborate in all areas of culture, society and government, enabling both prosperity in our country and mission success on battlefields. Whether serving in uniform, as government civilians or as elected or appointed officials, women’s contributions are indelible.

Women have served throughout our Army since 1775, and comprise about 18 percent of our Total Army Force. Women have served in nearly every role, preserving a legacy to guide current and future Soldiers. They are a reminder of the strength of our Army and our diverse all-volunteer force.

We are proud to serve with each of you and encourage you to honor and recognize the contributions of women in your families, workplaces, and communities.

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