Women’s History Month honors all ages

| March 24, 2011 | 1 Comment
A female Soldier dressed in combat gear stands behind the all-girl band from Iliaha Elementary School, as they play “Winds Beneath My Wings” during the Women’s History Month observance, hosted by the 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, at Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks, Friday.

A female Soldier dressed in combat gear stands behind the all-girl band from Iliaha Elementary School, as they play “Winds Beneath My Wings” during the Women’s History Month observance, hosted by the 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, at Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks, Friday.

Story and Photo by
Pfc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, hosted a celebration honoring women’s contributions to the military and the nation at the Sgt. Smith Theater, here, Friday.

The event included a display of women’s uniforms throughout the military’s history, songs from Iliahi Elementary School students and a special guest speaker.

Brig. Gen. Colleen McGuire, provost marshal general of the Army and commander, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, gave a speech that focused beyond just women’s accomplishments in the military.

To McGuire, all military members are trailblazers — male or female.

“One of the things — and it’s not just women — is how we impose a great deal of pressure on ourselves to perform,” she said. “While I may say, I had obstacles to face, they were mostly obstacles I placed on myself.

“When we see value in things that need to be changed, we change it, in ourselves or the organization,” McGuire said. “When you experience something, you’re quick to share it with somebody else, so they can take it one step forward. It’s mentoring, bringing folks along. Don’t let them expend the energies you took to get to where you are. Impart that wisdom and let them get farther.”

During the ceremony, the all-girls Iliahi Elementary School band played and the choir sang “Wind Beneath My Wings,” as women wearing military uniforms from the past 30 years marched up behind the children and saluted the crowd.

The 30 years also represents McGuire’s tenure in the military. She enlisted in high school in 1975 into the Women’s Army Corps, and she joined ROTC her last two years of college. While adventure initially got McGuire in the Army, love of the job, people and the nation kept her in.

“The places I’ve gone, the people I’ve met, the jobs I’ve done, the sights I’ve seen … you grow to like the environment you’re in,” she said, adding that the Army represents the people.

“We think of the Army as a living, breathing entity of itself; when in fact, we are the Army, … and when I say we, I mean the people who serve,” McGuire said. “We have no greater resources than our Soldiers. (Serving) truly is an affair of the heart.”

Celebrating the strength of Army women

  • Women have served in the U.S. Army since 1775.
  • More than 35,000 American women served in the military during World War I.
  • Restrictions on the careers of female officers were removed, Nov. 8, 1967.
  • Women entered the Army ROTC program in September 1972.
  • Women currently serve in 91 percent of all Army occupations and make up about 14 percent of active duty.

Find these and more facts at www.army.mil/women or the U.S. Army Women’s museum at www.awm.lee.army.mil.

 

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  1. Gary Zaetz says:

    Among the 74000 Americans still missing from World War II are 21 American servicewomen, listed below. It is to America's shame that the remains of these courageous women and of all the other American MIAs of World War II are still unrecovered after so many years, largely due to the grossly insufficient funds our Government allocates to our military's remains recovery program. In honor of Women's History Month (2011), please demand from our Congressional representatives that our Government start adequately funding this program.

    WASP Gertrude V. Tompkins-Silver of Jersey City, New Jersey

    Army Nurse Corps 2nd Lt. Eloise M. Richardson of Marseilles, Illinois

    Army Nurse Corpsr 2nd Lt. Thelma M. LaFave of Elmwood, Michigan

    WAC PFC Rose Brohinsky of San Francisco, California

    WAC Sgt. Doris Cooper of Champaign, Illinois

    WAC PFC Flossie D. Flannery of Springport, Indiana

    WAC PFC Frieda C. Friend of New York, New York

    WAC PFC Mary M. Gollinger of Tacoma, Washington

    WAC CPL Velma E. Holden of Asheville, North Carolina

    WAC PFC Odessa Lou Hollingsworth of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    WAC PFC Alice D. King of Oswego, Oregon

    WAC PFC Wilma E. Liles of Dallas, Texas

    WAC PFC Evelyn L. McBride of Inglewood, California

    WAC PFC Alice Pauline McKinney of Big Bay, Michigan

    WAC PFC Rose F. Puchalla of Minneapolis, Minnesota

    WAC PFC Mildred E. Rice of Kansas City, Kansas

    WAC PFC Pearl Roomsburg of Lomita, California

    WAC PFC Helen F. Rozzelle of Washington, D.C.

    WAC PFC Leona M. Seyfert of Chicago, Illinois

    WAC PFC Ruth E. Warlick of Goldthwaite, Texas

    WAC PFC Bonnie L. Williams of Glenda Springs, Kansas

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