8th MPs celebrate Women’s History Month with 5K run; raise awareness of domestic violence

| May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Hundreds of runners move to the start line to begin the 8th Military Police Brigade's and Team EO/EEO's inaugural Women's History Month 5K Run at Schofield Barracks, March 27. Runners participating in the run were encouraged to bring in recyclable cans and bottles for collection, with the proceeds going to the Domestic Violence Action Center. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Hundreds of runners move to the start line to begin the 8th Military Police Brigade’s and Team EO/EEO’s inaugural Women’s History Month 5K Run at Schofield Barracks, March 27. Runners participating in the run were encouraged to bring in recyclable cans and bottles for collection, with the proceeds going to the Domestic Violence Action Center. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command 

“Throughout our nation’s history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy.

“They have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan. During Women’s History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today,” said President Barack Obama in his March 2014 proclamation of Women’s History Month.

The 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command partnered with Team EO/EEO to host the Women’s History Month 5K Run, here, March 27.

Runners participating in the run were encouraged to bring in recyclable cans and bottles for collection, with proceeds going to the Domestic Violence Action Center.

 

Lt. Col. Theresa Farrell, provost marshal, U.S. Army Garrison - Hawaii, and commander, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, addresses the runners of the 8th Military Police Brigade's and Team EO/EEO's Women's History Month 5K Run at Schofield Barracks, March 27. Farrell, the keynote speaker, raised awareness of domestic violence during her address to the runners. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Lt. Col. Theresa Farrell, provost marshal, U.S. Army Garrison – Hawaii, and commander, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, addresses the runners of the 8th MP Brigade’s and Team EO/EEO’s Women’s History Month 5K Run at Schofield Barracks, March 27. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Lt. Col. Theresa Farrell, provost marshal, U.S. Army Garrison – Hawaii, and commander, 728th Military Police Battalion, was the keynote speaker for the inaugural event.

 

“When Master Sgt. Kenner (David Kenner, equal opportunity advisor, 8th MP Bde.) asked me to speak I was exceptionally excited by the fact that he wanted to donate the funds to a domestic violence shelter,” said Farrell.

Farrell’s sister runs a shelter in Texas, and she is constantly in search of funding and ways to raise money for the shelter.

“Domestic violence for women is the largest cause of injuries to women; more so than car accidents, more so than rape, more than any other type of personal injuries. It is not just a woman’s issue; it’s a family issue, it is a community issue, it’s a law enforcement issue and it’s a political issue,” said Farrell.

Farrell continued, “Women’s History Month is important because it acknowledges the contributions of women to society. But this run in particular is important to me because it acknowledges a need of a community to have an awareness of domestic violence.”

Warrant Officer Teneka Reyes, property book technician, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 8th MP Bde., participated in the run as well.

“I thought it was a really good way to celebrate Women’s History Month by doing a 5K run. It was neat to do something different,” he said. “I have never seen an actual run to celebrate Women’s History Month; I think events like these give women in the military a boost of motivation in being recognized for our contributions.”

 

1st Lt. Cara Lawn, executive officer, 552nd Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, crosses the finish line of the 8th Military Police Brigade's and Team EO/EEO's Women's History Month 5K Run at Schofield Barracks, March 27. Lawn finished with a time of 22 minutes and one second, the fastest female time of the 5K. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

1st Lt. Cara Lawn, executive officer, 552nd Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, crosses the finish line of the 8th MP Brigade’s and Team EO/EEO’s Women’s History Month 5K Run at Schofield Barracks, March 27. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Shortly after 6:30 a.m. hundreds of runners moved to the start line to begin the 5K, including 1st Lt. Cara Lawn, executive officer, 552nd Military Police Company, 728th MP Bn.

Lawn was the fastest female participant, crossing the finish line at 22 minutes, 1 second.

“Initially I was just doing this for fun. I was racing to show my support for our battalion, but as I was running, so many Soldiers were supporting me – some I didn’t even know. They were yelling out things like, ‘Go get em ma’am,’ and giving me updates on my run time. That’s when I thought, ‘I am going to go win this race,'” said Lawn. “The support that I received during the run was important and really motivating.”

The winner of the ‘Watchdogs’ inaugural Women’s History Month 5K Run was 1st Lt. Christopher Foster, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, finishing with a time of 18 minutes, 44 seconds.

“The turn out was really great and the competition was a lot more fierce than I thought it would be,” said Foster. “There were a lot of great runners out there today. Winning this race, the inaugural Women’s History Month 5K run, is a great honor.”

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