Lighting Support hosts Women’s History Month observance

| March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photo by Pfc. Holli Cook, 25th Sust. Bde. Public Affairs Maj. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham, Commanding General of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, addresses Soldiers throughout the 25th Infantry Division during the WomenÕs History Observance at Sgt. E. R. Smith Theater on Schofield Barracks, March 9. The observance was hosted by the 25th Sustainment Brigade and highlighted the accomplishments of U.S military women throughout history.

Maj. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham, commander,  TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, addresses Soldiers at the Women’s History Observance, March 9.

Story and photo by Pfc. Holli Cook
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 25th Sustainment Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, hosted a Women’s History Month observance on International Women’s Day, March 9, at Sgt. Smith Theater, here.

Held every March 8, Women’s Day is observed in 23 countries to commemorate the economic, political and social struggles and achievements of women worldwide.

This year’s theme was “Step It Up,” encouraging men and women to pledge to take a solid step toward helping females achieve their ambitions.

“During my 34 years of active duty service, I’ve seen the progress the Army has made in recognizing the importance of equality and diversity, regardless of gender, race, religion or creed,” said Maj. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham, commander, TACOM Life Cycle Management Command and the guest speaker.

Bingham referred to women’s first big step into the military, the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. She spoke of it being the day when women were directly integrated into all branches of military service and that this was when women had made their first big mark.

“Women’s History Month stands as a shining example and a reminder of the strength the military has gained and will continue to sustain through having a high quality, diverse volunteer force. Women play pivotal and vital roles in the Army and our military,” Bingham said.

A panel of women leaders answered questions from the Soldiers attending the event. Each panel member had the chance to respond to the questions.

“The opportunities for service women in the future are unlimited,’ said Mallory. “No longer do we have to look at Soldiers and say she is a female; there is no way she can accomplish that.”

1st Sgt. Vanessa Sun, 259th Human Resource Company, 25th Special Troops Battalion, gave an account of a personal experience from when she was in training to become a drill sergeant. On her first day, she had a sit-down with the first sergeant at the U. S. Drill Sergeants Course.

“He looked me up and down for about five minutes without saying a word,” said Sun. “The first thing out of his mouth was, ‘I hope you’re not lazy like all those other female drill sergeants.’ I didn’t know what to say at that point. I was shocked when he said that. I have never heard anything like that before. But it made me want to work harder and push myself.”

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