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Honoring women’s history: Assistant secretary of Army, astronaut to speak

Hammack, McClain (Courtesy photo)

Hammack, McClain (Courtesy photo)

Published: March 3, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 3, 2016) -- Fresh off the heels of Black History Month, March marks Women’s History Month, and Fort Rucker is doing its part to make sure women’s history is put into the spotlight.

The theme for this month’s observance is “Honoring Women in Government and Public Service,” and the observance will kick off with the Women’s History Month Luncheon March 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Landing ballroom.

“The Women’s History Month Luncheon demonstrates Fort Rucker’s ongoing commitment to understanding and celebrating the diverse and significant historical accomplishment of women, as well recognizing the achievements of the dedicated women in our current workforce, both civilian and military,” said Angela Jones, Fort Rucker Equal Employment Opportunity officer.

Tickets can be purchased in the lobby of Bldg. 5700 today from 11 a.m. to noon, or people can call 255-0307 or 255-2811. All RSVPs and payments must be made no later than March 4, and no RSVPs will be taken after March 4.

The luncheon will feature two special guests: Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy and Environment, and Maj. Anne McClain, NASA Astronaut.

“Both women are leaders in their respective fields, and through their perseverance to accomplishing the mission and motivation to exceed expectations, they have broken down stereotypical barriers of the roles women perform in the workplace,” said Jones. “Their individual and collective triumphs illustrate the fact that a person’s sex is not reflective of their ability to contribute to the Army’s mission in an influential and meaningful way.”

It’s for that reason that the observance is necessary, said Jones.

“The Army has long recognized the different attributes, experiences and backgrounds of our Soldiers, civilian, and family members. They enhance our capabilities, and contribute to an adaptive and culturally cognizant Army,” said the EEO officer. “Our success is determined by our skills and abilities. When we embrace our strengths, regardless of our sex, race, religion, color, age, national origin, disability or genetic information, we become a more inclusive environment that fosters a sense of value and belonging, and encourages innovative thinking through our diverse life experiences.”

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