ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Installation employees gathered here March 9 to recognize women's significant contributions to the Army.

Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, APG senior commander, talked to about 100 women about combining their talents to improve the community. March is National Women's History Month.

"You learn that all the hard work and that value you have is contributions to others. Is that enough' It has to be centered around community and others," Justice said at the Edgewood Conference Center during opening remarks at the 21st annual Federal Women's Program training conference.

"The power we have today is you get to meet with people who are no longer separated by office buildings, partitions and cubicles. You're going to do things that empower you," he said.

Justice said women play an increasingly important role in the military.

On March 11, he will swear in Jennifer Hitchock as the third woman appointed to Senior Executive Service in the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. She is the executive director for Research and Technology Integration at Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Mich.

Justice reflected on this year's conference theme, "Our History is Our Strength." He asked the audience to take their experiences from the day and apply them to the APG community.

"It's an opportunity for us to remember events that occurred that empower, unburden and protect our nation," Justice said.

"Reflect on your time today. Are you accepting all the challenges' Are you looking for the rewards that you've gained' Are you measuring that against things that are meaningful and valuable to the greater community'" he asked.