Warren honors Military Women during Women's History Month

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  • By 2nd Lt Melissa Hawks
  • 90th Civil Engineer Squadron
What do the words character, courage and commitment mean to you? Those three words were chosen as the theme for this year's National Women's History Month. The observation, held in March each year, recognizes the contributions of women past and present, and encourages and motivates women and men for the future.

A number of notable women are nationally nominated each year that exemplify the chosen theme. One of the nominees this year is Tammy Duckworth, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs and an Iraq War veteran. Duckworth demonstrated her character, courage and commitment when she decided to join the Army National Guard in 1992 as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot - one of the few combat jobs open to women. In 2004, she was one of the first women deployed to Iraq to fly combat missions, where she remained until her helicopter was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. She lost both of her legs and partial use of her right arm from the crash and was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries.

Many remarkable women stand out in military history, including Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War surgeon who is the only female to receive the Medal of Honor. Mary graduated from medical school in 1855 as one of the few female doctors in the country and worked ceaselessly as a volunteer until she received a position as a civilian contract surgeon with the Union Army. Since Walker had to travel to do her duty, she crossed into enemy territory and was arrested and imprisoned as a spy. Released months later, Walker continued tirelessly working in the field of medicine, and advocating for women's rights.

Reflect on the women in your life who exemplify character, courage and commitment. The wing will recognize Women's National History Month March 18 at 3 p.m. in the Fall Hall Community Center. The event includes the Warren Women of the Year Awards and refreshments will be served.

To learn more about Women's National History Month and Representative Duckworth, visit the following sites: www.hwhp.org, duckworth.house.gov and www.womensmemorial.org.