Pacific Army Reserve hosts Women’s History Month Observance

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Linda Talley, wife of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief, Army Reserve, shares opening remarks for the Women’s History Month Observance hosted by the 9th Mission Support Center at the Pacific Army Reserve complex, Fort Shafter, March 7. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Linda Talley, wife of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief, Army Reserve, shares opening remarks for the Women’s History Month Observance hosted by the 9th Mission Support Center at the Pacific Army Reserve complex, Fort Shafter, March 7. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Guest, Mrs. Talley, shares inspiration with Soldiers of 9th MSC

Capt. Liana Kim
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — “We’ve come a long way, baby. We can go more!” was the resonating theme of a Women’s History Month Observance hosted by the 9th Mission Support Command, here, March 7.

Dr. Miemie Byrd, professor at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies and keynote speaker for the 9th Mission Support Command'’s Women’s History Month Observance, speaks about the importance of including women in planning and decision making teams, and shares research findings that diverse organizations are more effective and make better decisions. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Dr. Miemie Byrd, professor at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies and keynote speaker for the 9th Mission Support Command’’s Women’s History Month Observance, speaks about the importance of including women in planning and decision making teams, and shares research findings that diverse organizations are more effective and make better decisions. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Keynote speaker Dr. Miemie Byrd, a professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, shared insight from her years as a researcher, linguist and cultural adviser, published writer and speaker on international affairs, and a civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

She also shared her vision of the future for a world with a more balanced work force.

Linda Talley, wife of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief, Army Reserve, shared opening remarks of inspiration for the observance, during the couple’s visit with Oahu-based Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers, March 3-7.

“I feel it is our duty, for all of us – men and women – to reach out to the young women around us in schools, in the military, especially those in our own families, and give them the tools to empower them, show them what they can be,” Talley said. “In order to do that, we must strive to be our very best. We must, we must be their champions.”

Byrd began by reflecting on women pioneers who served during the American Civil War and paved the way for women in the military and positions of authority, such as Rose Greehow, a female spy for the Confederacy, and Clarissa Harlowe “Clara” Barton, who served as superintendent of nurses in the Union Army and later founded the American Red Cross.

Today, female service members are nearly 200,000 strong, comprising about 15 percent of our 1.4 million total active duty force. This represents a steady climb in numbers from those humble beginnings; yet, Byrd said this is not enough, that leaders should strive to fill their ranks with an equal mix of male and female service members.

Stacey Bass, wife of Lt. Col. Blake Bass, 9th Mission Support Command Equal Opportunity program manager, studies a display of American women pioneers who paved the way for women in the  military and the civilian workforce during a Women’s History Month Observance hosted by the 9th MSC at the Pacific Army Reserve complex, Fort Shafter, March 7. Lt. Col. Bass said a new photo will be added soon of Grace Murray Hopper, a computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral who coined the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

Stacey Bass, wife of Lt. Col. Blake Bass, 9th Mission Support Command Equal Opportunity program manager, studies a display of American women pioneers who paved the way for women in the military and the civilian workforce during a Women’s History Month Observance hosted by the 9th MSC at the Pacific Army Reserve complex, Fort Shafter, March 7. Lt. Col. Bass said a new photo will be added soon of Grace Murray Hopper, a computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral who coined the term “debugging” for fixing computer glitches. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

“Women have unique perspectives on complex issues involving our global environment,” said Byrd. “So, having women on planning and decision-making teams is crucial – not just because it’s the right thing to do. It is a necessity.”

Byrd said gender equality in the workplace is not only smart economics, it is critical to our survival and promoting peace internationally.

“Recent studies of team performance found that women perform better with complex tasks, so what makes a team smarter? More women,” Byrd said. “Societies that do not utilize women as 50 percent of their workforce are not reaching their full potential.”

“I hope this observance brought about an awareness of the crucial need for women in team environments at every level of the Army,” said Lt. Col. Blake Bass, 9th MSC Equal Opportunity program manager, who coordinated the observance, “and that events like this will help educate all of us – Army Reserve and active component Soldiers, civilians and families – on the value of a diverse team of unique individuals.”

“Many thanks to our EO NCOIC (noncommissioned officer in charge) Master Sgt. Samuel Zawistowski, for excellent coordination; to Sgt. 1st Class Sylvia Moreno, 9th MSC sexual assault response coordinator, for serving as our master of ceremonies; the EO advisors and EO leaders, who helped with this event,” Bass said. “They were the muscle behind our success.”

“This was a wonderful opportunity to recognize women’s contributions to our national defense and our society,” said Byrd’s husband, Dr. John Byrd, who attended the observance with their son and his mother-in-law. “Dr. Byrd made important points about how diverse organizations are more effective and make better decisions.”

The 9th MSC is the only Army Reserve Command assigned directly to an Army Service Component Command, and provides support for all Army Reserve units across the Asia-Pacific region. It is the most ethnically diverse, geographically dispersed command in the U.S. Army Reserve, crossing seven times zones, two states, two territories, a commonwealth and two foreign countries.

Army Reserve Soldiers assigned throughout the Pacific speak more than 29 languages.

A Soldier of the 9th Mission Support Command shares her thoughts on women in the workplace and on being a female Soldier, during the 9th MSC’s Women’s History Month Observance at Fort Shafter, March 7. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

A Soldier of the 9th Mission Support Command shares her thoughts on women in the workplace and on being a female Soldier, during the 9th MSC’s Women’s History Month Observance at Fort Shafter, March 7. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim, 9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs)

“We wanted to utilize the opportunity to advertise Sisters in Arms, to draw potential interest in forming a new chapter here at the 9th,” Bass said of the large display at the observance, about the program, which provides a forum for all women to strengthen peer-to-peer bonds, ingrain professional ethics, enhance professional and personal growth, provide mentorship and guidance in an environment where women are comfortable discussing difficult yet common issues.

• Sisters in Arms

For information about Sisters in Arms, contact Lt. Col. Arnetta Lawrence, 9th MSC Inspector General, at (808) 438-1600, ext. 3142.

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