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COMMUNITY CORNER - National monthlong observance celebrates women’s contributions

By Col. Andrew Cole | GARRISON COMMANDER | March 25, 2014

Women have played a significant role in the U.S., our armed forces and in our Army. Women have fought in every major conflict – from the Revolutionary War to conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as national Women’s History Week. Six years later, it was declared by Congress to be celebrated throughout the month of March.

American women have led the way for social and economic changes, often against social norms, and, sometimes, with legal restraints.

Women of every race, class, ethnicity and age have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our nation.

At Fort Riley, we honored the accomplishments of women, past and present, during the Women’s History Month Observance March 19 at Riley’s Conference Center.

Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka O’Neal, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, was the guest speaker at the event.

Tomeka talked about her career as a woman in the military, as well as women in leadership roles.

Female Soldiers with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div. also performed a skit during the observance, depicting women’s roles in the military, from the Revolutionary War to present.

Although March is officially designated as Women’s History Month, celebrating the accomplishments of women in and out of our armed forces is a year-round duty.

So, when you reflect upon March as Women’s History Month and what it stands for, remember to say “thank you” to your mother, wife, sister, aunt, and, especially, to the woman standing next to you in formation.

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