Tropic Lightning honors great women of the past

| March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Guest speaker Chief Warrant Officer 5 Lisa Gilbertsen (at podium), of 8th TSC, presents some firsts for women within the military for Women’s History Month. The theme celebrated women of character, courage and commitment.

Guest speaker Chief Warrant Officer 5 Lisa Gilbertsen (at podium), of 8th TSC, presents some firsts for women within the military for Women’s History Month. The theme celebrated women of character, courage and commitment.

Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. Matthew G. Ryan
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The 25th Infantry Division celebrated the theme “Character, Courage and Commitment” for the 2014 Women’s History Month at the chapel, here, March 19.

From the start of the Army, women have played an important role.

It began with Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, better known as “Molly Pitcher,” who replaced her husband at his cannon when he was injured, through to Gen. Anne Dunwoody, the first four-star general in military history.

“This was a great time to pause and reflect on what our sisters in arms have accomplished, to learn more about women in the past and what they have done,” said guest speaker Chief Warrant Officer 5 Lisa Gilbertsen, Plans and Operations, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

The observance started off with a presentation of some of the great accomplishments that women have provided over the years, including the Army Nurse Corps and female Soldiers currently trying out for combat arms roles.

“It’s an inspiration to learn of the women who have gone before me to do great things and to push past barriers,” said Capt. Stacie Kervin, chaplain, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID. “It gives me a sense of pride to serve in the military and to leave a long-lasting impression on the younger generations of women coming into the military.”

Being a woman and serving her country is important to Spc. Kelsey Miller, computer/detection systems repairer, 209th Avaition Support Battalion, 25th CAB.

“It was great to learn about the women who have made a difference in the past and how we are still making a difference today,” said Miller.

Gilbertson

Gilbertson

According to Gilbertsen, “Women need to work hard and to the best of their ability. (Women should) only worry about their sphere of influence and make it great.

“Success will follow in everything you do,” she said.

Learn More

Tropic Lightning Division has developed a long line of tradition and honor throughout the years, and the courageous women within the division make up part of that history.

Since 1995, every president has issued an annual proclamation designating March as Women’s History Month. To learn more, visit www.army.mil/women.

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