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A memorial for female World War II veterans.

Eileen Merullo (center), is raising funds for a memorial for female World War II veterans from Revere. On Monday she was honored by retired Major General Dee McWilliams (left), president of the Army Women’s Foundation in Fort Lee, Va., and Morris Morris of the Revere Allied Veterans Council. [ more ]

Two-star Relieved in Sexual Assault Investigation

A two-star army general in charge of U.S. forces in Japan was suspended from duty Friday for failing to pursue an allegation of sexual assault in his command. [ more ]

Sexual assault is an “insider attack” on U.S. military: admiral

Sexual assault is an “insider attack” that is lethal to the U.S. military’s culture of discipline and should have been eliminated years ago, the second-highest U.S. officer told a women’s military group on Thursday. [ more ]

Female senators bash military brass for rash of sex assaults

In an extraordinary hearing on Capitol Hill, female senators Tuesday dressed down the nation’s military commanders over the epidemic of sexual assaults in the armed services. [ more ]

Supporters of lifting the “ground combat exclusion” say the extensive research about standards may delay allowing women into the ground combat jobs or create new obstacles.

The military services say they have assigned some of the research to develop physical and other job standards for women to serve in ground combat jobs to a series of Pentagon-connected think thanks, according to reports sent to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. [ more ]

Military’s sexual-assault problem has deep roots

Sexual assault occurs in myriad settings and the perpetrators come from every swath of U.S. society. Yet as recent incidents and reports make clear, it’s a particularly intractable problem in the military, with its enduring macho culture and unique legal system. [ more ]

As the top brass are summoned to Capitol Hill, they say they are committed to fixing a broken culture in the ranks.

Military service chiefs who will testify Tuesday about their plans to deal with the burgeoning crisis of sexual assault in the ranks will face a group of female senators determined to change a culture they call demeaning to women. [ more ]

4 of 10 women treated at local VA sexual trauma victims

Four out of every 10 women veterans seeking medical care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in the Puget Sound area report that they were victims of sexual trauma in the military, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., learned at a Seattle meeting Friday. [ more ]

No holidays or parades for homeless women veterans

Meet America’s fastest growing homeless population. The harrowing stories of women who served — and were forgotten. [ more ]

Army North senior enlisted leader encourages mentorship for female Soldiers

As the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of U.S. Army North’s personnel office, Sgt. Maj. Linda Kessinger was an excellent choice to speak at the Women’s Mentorship Day for 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade at Fort Hood. [ more ]

SC Sen. Graham: Women needed in military service, fire commanders allowing sex assault

From Congress to the White House, pressure is mounting to hold military commanders accountable for the rising number of sexual assaults in the armed services. [ more ]

The women who also gave their lives

Every Memorial Day since I was a child, I’ve thought of my 22-year-old cousin who was killed while bravely serving in Vietnam in May 1969. [ more ]

What Do I Tell My Daughter Who Wants to Serve? The Sexual Assault Crisis in the Military

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Claire McCaskill (MO) have become the faces and voices of outrage and action over the crisis of sexual assault in the military. [ more ]

Women elected to top 3 positions at Laramie’s American Legion Post, a first for the post

Members of the American Legion Post 14 in Laramie have elected women for its top three leadership roles. [ more ]

Criticism of Veterans Affairs Secretary Mounts Over Backlog in Claims

The 30-second Web video has the edgy quality of a campaign-season attack ad, including ominous music, grainy photos and a closing demand: “It’s time for new leadership.” [ more ]

Legislation Aims to Strengthen Prosecution of Sexual Assaults in Military

Days after the second sex crime scandal in the last month hit the military, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would take prosecution of sexual assaults in the military out of the chain of command, preventing military commanders from handling the cases of subordinates. [ more ]

Lawmakers stand squarely behind measure to audit Maine military sex assault laws

Lawmakers showed strong support Monday for a resolve that directs the Maine National Guard to bring the state in line with federal guidelines related to the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of sexual assault in the military. [ more ]

Tammy Duckworth, Tulsi Gabbard Slam Military’s Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases (VIDEO)

Standing as Iraq War veterans, Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) have an in-depth perspective on life in the U.S. Military. [ more ]

Fort Benning: More Soldiers Expected to Leave Army

With the Iraq War over and the Pentagon looking to trim its force by 2017, Fort Benning officials are seeing more soldiers leave the Army this year. [ more ]

Sexual assaults in military require change in approach

One in three women in the military has been assaulted. As the mother, father, spouse, sibling or friend of one of the victims, you too suffer consequences. [ more ]

Saluting Women Veterans on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century and it’s always been a very emotional day. [ more ]

House committee advances bill helping sexually assaulted veterans

A House committee has advanced a bill named for a Maine woman that aims to help veterans qualify for disability benefits for mental health problems resulting from sexual assaults. [ more ]

Col. Leslie R. Montgomery relinquishes command of 198th RSG after nearly 30 years dedicated service

There was a time when high-ranking women in the military were not as common as they are today. In the past, it was a challenge for women to move up in ranks. Today, women are starting to be allowed in combat roles and play an integral part in the military; sometimes commanding thousands of troops. [ more ]

A Brief History of Female Nurses in the Military, from the American Revolution to World War II

For nearly four decades, the United States has honored its nurses with National Nurses Week, held between May 6 and May 12 -- the birthday of celebrated British nurse Florence Nightingale. [ more ]

Servicewomen and their war

We’ve all seen the headlines about sexual assaults within the military, including stories close to home about the shocking sex-with-recruits scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. [ more ]

Female soldier who moved to Canada admits desertion

A female U.S. Army private who moved to Canada to avoid returning to Iraq pleaded guilty to desertion Monday and was sentenced to 10 months confinement. [ more ]

First female soldier to flee US for Canada to avoid Iraq war to be court-martialed in Colorado

A court-martial got underway Monday for the first female U.S. Army soldier to flee to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in the Iraq war. [ more ]

Army General Receives Second Star

Nadja Y. West, who serves as deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Army Medical Command, has become the Army’s first African American active duty woman officer to be promoted to two-star general. [ more ]

SOCOM Works to Expand Roles for Women

U.S. Special Operations Command leaders are refining a plan to expand roles for women among their ranks, allowing them to participate as Navy SEALs, Army Rangers and other Special Forces units, service officials told lawmakers April 17. [ more ]

Women worry about body armor in new combat roles

For women headed to newly opened combat roles, there’s this very practical consideration: body armor. [ more ]

The right to fight: Studies support women’s ability to handle combat

Can women cope with combat? A storm of opinions was unleashed in January in response to the U.S. military lifting its ban on women in combat roles. [ more ]

IDVA director discusses women’s roles in military

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director Erica Borggren gave a presentation called “Changing Roles of Women in the Military and Issues Facing Female Service Members and Veterans” on March 28 for the Western Illinois University Women’s History Month keynote presentation. [ more ]

Fort Campbell opens renovated women’s clinic

Fort Campbell is opening a renovated women’s health clinic at the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. [ more ]

Alaska-based soldier wins Army female athlete of the year

An Alaska-based soldier from Kingman, Ariz., is the U.S. Army’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2012. [ more ]

Military draft registration might expand to women

Tennnnnn-hut, ladies! The next time Uncle Sam comes calling, he’s probably going to want you, too. [ more ]

This War Is No Longer Invisible

“The Invisible War,” a feature-length documentary about sexual assault in the military, is up for an Oscar Sunday night. Directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, it is a searing, infuriating, unforgettable film. [ more ]

Military Women Exposed to Combat After Childbirth Face Depression

Women in the military who face combat situations shortly after they give birth are at greater risk for depression, according to a new study. [ more ]

Military Still Lags in Assisting Victims of Sexual Assault

For Jenny McClendon, joining the Navy meant "being there for each other, struggling, pulling together, being a team." [ more ]

Military women: Don’t change combat standards

Women in the military do not want standards to be lowered to help them get into ground combat jobs, advocacy groups and servicewomen say. [ more ]

Women in Combat: Policy Catches Up With Reality

At his confirmation hearing on Jan. 31, Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, stated unequivocally, “I will work with the service chiefs as we officially open combat positions to women, a decision I strongly support.” [ more ]

Debate over women in combat shifts to physical strength

The debate over whether women should serve in infantry and other direct ground combat roles has come to this: Are they physically strong enough? [ more ]

How Men Can Help Women Succeed in the Military

The Pentagon’s decision to open up combat roles to women was such great news in a number of ways. There’s the basic justice of allowing women to get credit for something they are already doing. [ more ]

National Security Brief: Polls Show Americans Back Women In Combat

Sixty-six percent of respondents in a new poll said that they support allowing women serve in combat, according to a new survey released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center for the People & Press and the Washington Post. [ more ]

Pew: 66 Percent Support Lifting Ban On Women In Combat

The American public widely backs the Pentagon’s decision to lift the military’s ban on women serving in ground combat units, according to a poll from Pew Research Center released Tuesday. [ more ]

Some Marine combat jobs may remain closed to women

In his first interview since the Pentagon opened ground combat jobs to women, the commandant of the Marine Corps said some occupations may ultimately remain closed if only a small number qualify. [ more ]

Pew poll: Americans largely support women in military combat

The U.S. public solidly backs the decision to allow women to serve in combat units, but is unsure whether the change is major or minor, according to a poll released on Tuesday. [ more ]

Americans largely back combat role for women: poll

Sixty-six percent of those polled said they support letting women serve in ground units that engage in close combat, while 26 percent are opposed, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Washington Post. [ more ]

Poll: Americans Support Allowing Women in Combat

Americans support the decision to lift restrictions on women in combat, and most think the policy shift will improve opportunities for women in the military, according to a new poll. [ more ]

Decorated female Army medic shares view of women’s combat role change

As the military starts to allow women to serve in more prominent combat roles, a highly decorated female flight medic at the post recounted her experience working in a dangerous combat situation in Afghanistan and her thoughts about the policy change. [ more ]

American Amazons: Hiding in Plain-Jane Sight

Until last Thursday, the Pentagon barred women from roughly a quarter-million jobs involving combat. Coincidentally – but, interestingly — that’s about the same number of women who have gone to war in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past 11 years. [ more ]

Kentucky military women applaud combat opportunity

Serving with a sustainment brigade from Fort Campbell, Ky., Army Capt. Heidi Miller did tours in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011, where women protected convoys, cleared roadside bombs and searched women in remote villages. [ more ]

Pentagon’s Lifting of Combat Ban Comes as Role of Military Women Grows

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today announced a lifting of the ban on military women in combat roles. In December 2011, the Pew Research Center examined the roles and attitudes of female military veterans and found that, while many combat roles were withheld from female veterans, women in the military did report experiencing combat and had many of the same issues as men during their transition back into civilian life. [ more ]

Editorial: Open combat jobs to women

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt went on what she calls "door-kicking missions" with combat soldiers searching Afghan villages. In Iraq, she was wounded by a roadside bomb. Marine Capt. Zoe Bedell trained female Marines to serve alongside infantrymen in Marjah, once one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous districts. [ more ]

New Members Appointed to VA Committee on Women Veterans

Five new members have been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises VA on issues and programs affecting women Veterans. [ more ]

Heroes on the Homefront: New Report Highlights Our Veterans’ Contributions as Job Creators

I’m excited to announce the release of a report by the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development called “Heroes on the Homefront: Supporting Veteran Success as Small Business Owners.” This is the second report of its kind where task force members from seven agencies have come together to collaborate on small business issues that are unique to Veteran business owners. [ more ]

VA Releases New PSA Targeting Women Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new public service announcement (PSA) to let women Veterans know they’ve come to “The Right Place” when seeking VA health care. [ more ]

Military Skills Translators

The VA for Vets military skills translator allows you to translate your military skills, experience, and training to learn about VA career options that best use your capabilities. [ more ]

Battle-tested, Female War Vets Run for Congress

One flew an A-10 Warthog over Iraq and Afghanistan. Another was part of the 29th Infantry Brigade’s medical operations near Baghdad. A third lost both legs and partial use of an arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. [ more ]

The Home Depot Launches Career Assistance Program for Military and Veterans

The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced a new initiative today aimed at arming U.S. service men and women with the knowledge and resources they need to successfully transition into the civilian workforce. [ more ]

Colonel Mary Rasmuson, Retired passed away

Colonel Mary Rasmuson, Retired passed away in her home in Anchorage, Alaska on July 30 at the age of 101. Colonel Rasmuson has an amazing personal story throughout her Army career and life. [ more ]

Hall of Fame inducts women Vietnam vets

Hundreds of women gathered on Capitol Hill, March 13, to induct into the Army Women’s Hall of Fame all those who served in Vietnam.[ more ]

Obituary for SGM Betty Adams, former WAC Museum Foundation board member

SGM Betty L. Adams, 79, a soldier highly decorated by the United States Army and South Vietnam Army, died at her home on January 20, 2012 in Jacksonville.[ more ]

Odierno backs expanding role of women in combat

Few details are known about a forthcoming Pentagon report that looks at whether women should be allowed to serve in combat roles, but this much is certain: The Army’s top officer is not happy. [ more ]

HRC deputy becomes Army’s first female African-American major general

U.S. Army Human Resources Command’s deputy commanding general became the Army’s first-ever female African-American officer to obtain the rank of major general during her promotion and departure ceremony at the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex here today. [ more ]

Hazel Johnson-Brown, pioneering black Army nurse, dies at 83

Hazel Johnson-Brown, 83, the first African American woman to become an Army general and a former chief of the Army Nurse Corps, died Aug. 5 en route to a hospital near her home in Wilmington, Del. [ more ]

AG soldiers receive special recognition

Since the beginning of combat operations in Iraq in 2003, soldiers from the Army’s Adjutant General’s Corps have made enormous contributions to contingency operations in theater, while embracing the challenges of an increasingly modular Army, oftentimes behind the scenes. [ more ]

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Commits $30 Million to Innovative New Partnership that Improves Access to Jobs and Community Services for America’s Military Families

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of $30 million for a new Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative which will soon make it easier for servicemen and women, their families, veterans and people with disabilities to access transportation services in their communities. [ more ]

Female Special Operators Now in Combat

Army Special Operations Command has deployed its first teams of female Soldiers assigned to commando units in Afghanistan, and military officials are assessing their initial performance in theater as "off the charts." [ more ]

Chairman’s Corner: Happy Birthday Army!

Days like today remind us of the central and essential role of the United States Army throughout our Nation’s history. I believe that in many ways, the story of the Army is the story of America -- from our founding through the Civil War, a tumultuous 20th century, right up to today. [ more ]

Veteran Says Counseling Group Saved Her Life

A combat veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress told an audience here today that without the help offered by one nonprofit organization, she wouldn’t be alive. [ more ]

Face of Defense: Soldier Takes Citizenship Oath in Iraq

Swearing the oath to support, defend and serve the United States while serving in the Army was not quite enough for one soldier deployed to Iraq with 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Advise and Assist Task Force. [ more ]

BG Pat Foote at the D-Day ceremony at Pont du Hoc, France on 6 June serving as a member of the American Battlefield Monument Commission

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VA Helping Women Veterans Conquer Post-Traumatic Stress

Maria (not her real name) is a Desert Storm Veteran who served in the Air Force for 19 years. While in the service, something happened to her that would change her life forever. She was raped. It happened following a night of celebration with friends and associates. Her attacker was a member of the military. [ more ]

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced that the President has made the following nominations

- Army Col. Margaret W. Burcham has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Burcham is currently serving as division chief, Joint Capabilities Division, J-8, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

- Army Col. Peggy C. Combs has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Combs is currently serving as chief, Full Dimension Protection Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, Washington, D.C.

- Army Col. Kimberly Field has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Field is currently serving as executive officer to the commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

- Army Col. Laura J. Richardson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Richardson is currently serving as chief, Senate Liaison Division, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C.

The War My Parents Never Wanted

As my plane touched down in Albany last weekend, I arrived with a message for my dad: Osama Bin Laden was dead. Shot in the face by Navy SEALs. Revenge was ours. I could finally tell him our family’s sacrifice was worth it. Too bad he didn’t want to hear it. [ more ]

VA says it’s working harder to serve women

A new era for women has dawned at the Veterans Affairs Department, officials said Thursday. [ more ]

Bill would require U.S. troops to receive job training before leaving military

Legislation to be introduced in Congress on Wednesday would require all U.S. service members to undergo job-skills training before leaving the military, a measure that supporters say is aimed at cutting the high unemployment rate among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [ more ]

Family Matters Blog: First Lady Announces Fitness Commitments

Yesterday I visited the White House to attend a “Let’s Move” fitness and nutrition event for children of National Guardsmen and reservists hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. [ more ]

Face of Defense: Soldier Assists Spiritual Fitness

As an usher for Baptist services on Sundays at the Enduring Faith Chapel here, Army Spc. Turquoise Dawson makes it her business to make her fellow worshipers feel welcome. [ more ]

Face of Defense: Supply Specialist Takes Charge

Delivering, receiving, storing and maintaining accountability for equipment and documents are primary tasks for all Army unit logisticians. [ more ]

Chairman’s Corner: A Month of Appreciation and Remembrance

America’s support means so much to our military. In fact, as I travel the world to visit our men and women in uniform, what they want to know most is, “Are the American people still with us?” [ more ]

First Lady Aims to Improve Military Families’ Lives

First Lady Michelle Obama stood tall behind a podium in the White House’s East Room, her husband close at hand, as she addressed a packed audience of high-ranking military and government officials. [ more ]

Fort Lee trailblazer to be promoted to brigadier general

Maj. Rhonda Cornum could see her breath when she awoke on the fourth day of ground fighting during Operation Desert Storm. [ more ]

Organization Reaches Out to Wounded Warriors

In what started out as a small pilot program, members of Disabled American Veterans, working with the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, began visiting wounded warriors at Fort Bragg, N.C., to talk about benefits and services available to them after they leave active duty. [ more ]

Female POWs prove women can endure war’s hardships

Maj. Rhonda Cornum could see her breath when she awoke on the fourth day of ground fighting during Operation Desert Storm. [ more ]

West Point experience illustrates changing role of women in military

In a chandeliered room packed with Army generals sat a 93-year-old woman in a bright red sweater, shaking her head. [ more ]

Women-led U.S. Teams Work With Afghan Women

Following the counterinsurgency tenet of supporting civilians, the Army and Marines have deployed women-focused teams to gain insight into Afghanistan’s mostly silent female population. [ more ]

First female selected as Best Warrior’s Soldier of Year

For the first time since its inception nine years ago, a female Soldier has claimed the title of Soldier of the Year for 2010’s Best Warrior Competition. [ more ]

Michelle Obama urges world leaders to help veterans land good jobs

First lady Michelle Obama urged world leaders today to hire veterans whose skills can help millions of people across the globe. [ more ]

E-How: Scholarships for Women Veterans

A variety of scholarships are available to female veterans who wish to pursue postsecondary studies. [ more ]

Army Combat Uniform may have female-only version in 2014

Female Soldiers may be wearing a more form-fitting version of the Army Combat Uniform featuring more room in the hips and legs by 2014, according to developers at Program Executive Office Soldier. [ more ]

West Point’s first mother-daughter grads reflect on service

What can women do in the Army? If you ask Meg Kulungowski, the better question is what can’t they do? [ more ]

Brigadier General Evelyn "Pat" Foote, USA (Ret) to be appointed to the American Battle Monuments Commission

Evelyn Foote, Appointee for Member, American Battle Monuments Commission
Brigadier General Pat Foote, USA (Ret), a native of Durham, North Carolina, served over 30 years of active duty with the United States Army. [ more ]

Are Women Pulling Rank?

This Memorial Day, we take a look at the progress women have made in the armed forces, and how that experience turned them into leaders. [ more ]

Duckworth, Vaught Inducted into Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame

The Army Women’s Foundation inducted two new members into its hall of fame Wednesday following the Army Women in Transition Symposium on Capitol Hill. [ more ]

More Than 200 Attend the U.S. Army Women Foundation’s 2nd Annual Army Women in Transition Symposium

The U.S. Army Women’s Foundation today hosted its 2nd Annual Army Women in Transition Symposium and Hall of Fame Luncheon on Capitol Hill from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with more than 200 people attending the two events. [ more ]

Hon. Duckworth and Brig. Gen. Vaught, USAF (Ret.) to Be Inducted Into the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame

The U.S. Army Women’s Foundation today announced its Hall of Fame inductees for 2010: The Honorable L. Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs; and, Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, USAF (Ret.), President of Board of Directors of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc. [ more ]

Forgotten Female POW’s Story Told

In helping former U.S. Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson write her autobiography, Fort George G. Meade Media Relations Chief Mary L. Doyle not only exposed the world to the plight of the country’s first African-American female prisoner of war, but furthered Doyle’s own budding literary career. [ more ]

Home Fires: Women’s Work

Maybe I should’ve been a soldier in Israel’s army. As of 10 years ago, that country’s women have been allowed to serve in the Israeli Defense Force (I.D.F.) in any capacity that male soldiers serve, including combat units. [ more ]

Wounded Warriors Hit the Slopes

Adjusting to life back home after serving in the military can be overwhelming. Service members may be dealing with extensive injuries, emotional trauma or both. The Wounded Warrior Project has what may seem like a simple treatment — get these soldiers on the slopes. [ more ]

Army Athletes Make USA Winter Olympics Team

Seven current and former members of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program have earned spots on Team USA for the XXI Olympic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 12-28 in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. [ more ]

First Woman Becomes Army Provost Marshal General

Brig. Gen. Colleen L. McGuire assumed responsibility as the first woman provost marshal general of the Army and also took command of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in a ceremony Thursday at Fort Belvoir. [ more ]

Women’s Museum Second Director Makes Visit to New Location

Elizabeth Saus recently visited the Army Women’s Museum to celebrate her 90th birthday. But Saus was no ordinary visitor to the museum. [ more ]

Sen. Mark Warner Seeks More Help for Women Veterans

Genevieve Chase battled depression after coming home from Afghanistan, but reaching out to her fellow soldiers was difficult, even though she considered them brothers. [ more ]

Army’s Longest Serving Female Command Sergeant Major Retires

Although she won’t formally retire until March 2010, a retirement ceremony was held for Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia A. Pritchett, the senior enlisted leader for the Army element of the U.S. Central Command, Nov. 13, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Conmy Hall. [ more ]

A Woman’s Place Is at the Pentagon

Kathleen Hicks, deputy under secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and forces, has served at the Pentagon off and on since 1993. But it was not until last February that she walked into a Defense Department office and found herself in a meeting in which all of the attendees were women. [ more ]

Women in Defense name winners of Horizon Industry Awards

The Michigan chapter of Women in Defense has named the winners of its annual Horizon Industry Awards, given to local defense professionals for innovative business accomplishments. [ more ]

Female Warriors Engage in Combat in Iraq, Afghanistan

The image of young women in a hot, dusty combat zone toting automatic weapons is still startling to some. But right now there are 10,000 women serving in Iraq, more than 4,000 in Aghanistan. [ more ]

Women at War

This photograph from Afghanistan recently made rounds on the Facebook and e-mail accounts of folks whose work centers on military women’s issues. [ more ]

Enough About Amelia

On Friday, the latest biopic about Amelia Earhart — this one a $20 million feature film starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere — opens in theaters nationwide. [ more ]

First Female Commander of Army Drill Sgt. School

431 hours. 9 weeks. 10 hour days. That’s just the tip of the iceberg for soldiers at the U.S. Army’s Drill Sergeant School in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. For the first time since its inception in 1964, its top dog does not look or act like a typical drill sergeant. [ more ]

USCENTCOM Army Element CSM: Soldier Input Is Important

The Army is going through changes. From the way they deploy to the way the Army treats and handles Soldiers in garrison, the Army has been under a major reconstruction from the ground up. [ more ]

Women’s Equality Day Celebrates Universal Suffrage

View the Women’s Equality Day Letter

Soldiers will celebrate Women’s Equality Day Wednesday with lunches, lectures, fun runs and other observances across the Army. [ more ]

Click the thumbnail image to view the Women’s Equality Day Letter.

Living and Fighting Alongside Men, and Fitting In

There is no mistaking that this dusty, gravel-strewn camp northeast of Baghdad is anything other than a combat outpost in a still-hostile land. And there is no mistaking that women in uniform have had a transformative effect on it. [ more ]

G.I. Jane Breaks the Combat Barrier

As the convoy rumbled up the road in Iraq, Specialist Veronica Alfaro was struck by the beauty of fireflies dancing in the night. Then she heard the unmistakable pinging of tracer rounds and, in a Baghdad moment, realized the insects were illuminated bullets. [ more ]

Women at Arms: In Their Own Words

Before 2001, ground combat was rare for American female soldiers, but Iraq and Afghanistan have changed that. Three women who were commended for their performance in combat reflect on their experiences. [ more ]

Women at Arms: Beyond the Wire

For female soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, experience on the ground is outpacing official military policy. [ video ]

Women at Arms: On the Ground

Female soldiers at Camp Warhorse in Iraq speak candidly about the changing dynamics at base camp. [ video ]

Female Military Police “driven” to Protect

Spc. Yessenia Morales, of High Point, N.C., and Spc. Felicia Sloan, of Lumberton, N.C., are two military police Soldiers that serve as mine resistant ambush protected vehicle drivers in security details for the command group of the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

Fort Lee exhibit tells stories of soldier/beauty queens

They wear the Army uniform and have been to combat operations. They are also beauty queens.

Maier returns to command 16th MP Brigrade.

Col. Mary A. Maier, the first woman to command a combat-support brigade at Fort Bragg, is back on active duty in her old job.

Army picks first female commandant to lead Drill Sergeant School.

The 369th Adjutant General Battalion’s Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King has been chosen to be the next commandant of the Drill Sergeant School.

Year of the NCO: Stars of Progress

Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody made history when she recently became the first four-star female general officer of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Foundation launches programs for Army women

Women who serve in the Army are better educated and often end up having better jobs than their civilian counterparts.

Those were among the findings of a study conducted by George Mason University and discussed Tuesday on Capitol Hill during the inaugural symposium of the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation.

Veteran’s Day

Memories of service — Marion Crawford remembers being in Vietnam.

“Tribute past due” black veterans.

Honoring those who served.

Plans in place to relocate Ordnance Museum to Fort Lee.

Married Fort Drum colonels proud of their decades in Army together.

Female vet seeks others for group.

Female baseball pro marks women’s history.

Women serve today on battlefield.

First female CSM of sub-unified combatant command shares experience

When Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia Pritchett entered the service on July 2, 1973, it was into the Women’s Army Corps and she recently shared her memories of what it was like to transition from an all-female force into an integrated Army.

Women in the Army: Today’s Soldiers a long way from the WAC

Retired and current women Soldiers at Fort Leavenworth say there’s much to be proud about women who have served the Army.

This year, the Army promoted its first woman to four-star general and celebrated 30 years of women serving in the integrated Army. [more...]

When Janey Comes Marching Home

The first time I heard a woman describe her time in Iraq in glowing terms, I was taken aback. Marine Colonel Jenny Holbert told me that being in charge of public affairs for the second battle of Fallujah was “probably one of the biggest events of my life, other than birthing two children.” Colonel Holbert’s enthusiasm for deployment was only one of many surprises I encountered over the course of conducting forty-six interviews with women soldiers, sailors, and marines across the eastern seaboard — a small portion of which are presented here.

Photographer Sascha Pflaeging and I conceived of our collaboration as a way of hearing the stories and showing the faces of some of the first large cohort of women — over 180,000 as of this writing — who had served in the American military in combat zones. [more...]

A Comet, a Chick, a star — Richmond Native Played Girls Baseball in the 1940s

Hand Helen “Gig” Smith a baseball, and her face lights up like a scoreboard.

“Oh, boy!” she beams, taking a firm grip and simulating a throw in her comfortable studio apartment at Westminster Canterbury Richmond.

It may have been awhile, years perhaps, since Smith wrapped her fingers around the laces. But it’s springtime. Time for baseball.

And at 86, Smith — a retired Richmond art teacher, World War II Army veteran and board member of the foundation that supports the Army Women’s Museum in Fort Lee — is still in a league of her own. [more...]

President Bush nominates LTG Ann E. Dunwoody for promotion to general.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Wednesday the appointment of Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody to the grade of four-star general.

Dunwoody, who will be the first woman to serve as a four-star general in the U.S. military, was also confirmed for assignment as commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va. [more...]

Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody

Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody smiles during her promotion to general, where she was pinned by Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey, left, and her husband, Craig Brotchie, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Nov. 14, 2008. Dunwoody made history as the nation’s first four-star female officer.

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Retired Brigadier General Elizabeth Paschel Hoisington Passes

Retired Brigadier General Elizabeth Paschel Hoisington, seventh director of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), and one of the first two female Army generals, died Aug. 21, 2007. [more...]

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