Tuesday March 2, 2010
What is it?
March is Women's History Month; a time to celebrate the contribution of women to the United States Army. It is a time to honor the sacrifices and accomplishments of women who not only shaped our service but the country as well.
Women play a vital role in today's Army; they are the Soldiers on the front-line; they are leaders, officers and noncommissioned officers standing with our troops; they are members of the United States Army Civilian Corps, as well as employers, spouses, mothers and sisters who offer critical support to the troops.
We honor all women for their military and civil service, for their support and strength, and their willingness to sacrifice everything for the freedom and liberty cherished by all Americans.
What is the Army doing?
Army installations throughout the world will honor female Soldiers and Army civilians for their accomplishments through local events during the month of March.
The Army will participate in a joint event at our Nation's capital titled "The Path of Success for Women and Leadership Roles" March 4. A display featuring the achievements of women in the military will be located in the Pentagon, and an event for women-owned businesses will be co-hosted by Tracey Pinson, director of the Office of Small Business Programs, March 18.
Additionally, the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math awards will be presented in March. The awards recognize personnel who have demonstrated exceptional character, mentorship and creativity in the areas of science and math or by promoting the development of women and minorities.
Why is this important to the Army?
From the Revolutionary War to our current conflict, women have made sacrifices for our nation: women in uniform and those serving in the Army Civilian Corps have placed the needs of the nation above their own.
Women in uniform and civilian service experience a level of equality and opportunities that exceed those available in the civilian community. Opportunities for advancement are plentiful for women in the Army family.
Today, there are more than 250,000 women in uniform serving as role models and leaders in the Army. In celebrating Women's History Month, we emphasize the value the Army places on these women and the diversity and strength they bring to our force.
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"…Women have always played a critical role in supporting our nation's defense and security, and this role will only continue to evolve and grow in the future."
- Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Nov. 18, 2009
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- Capt. Kate Gowel, lead the way for her five siblings to join the military, does a balancing act of sorts as she strives to juggle the demands of being a military officer and a mother of two.
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