CELEBRATING WOMEN IN THE ARMY
The Past, The Present, The Future
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2019
AUSA – 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room 202B 1300-1500
BG Anne Macdonald, (Ret) USA, President of the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation
In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction completing their mission in six months. By war’s end, the Six Triple Eight had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail ensuring the troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home. The last of the women returned home in March 1946. They were never fully recognized…until now.
Lieutenant General Thomas C. Seamands, G-1 Deputy Chief of Staff
General Seamands is the U.S. Army’s 48th Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1.He previously served as commanding general of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky., and deputy chief of staff, G-1, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.