For the past 31 years, Americans have paused each March to celebrate the tremendous contributions women have made to the peace and prosperity of this great nation. Women’s History Month provides all of us the opportunity to recognize the many strengths, accomplishments and contributions that women have made throughout our storied history. We add to this tradition, by honoring the legacy of all women who have served – and continue to serve – our United States Army.
From the onset of the American Revolution in 1775, women have served our force with steadfast support and sacrifice, both at home and abroad. Our female Soldiers now comprise nearly 16 percent of our active force and have served in more than 78 percent of all Army occupations. They continue to prove time and time again, that duty, honor and selfless service know no gender.
For the first time in history, the Army has fully integrated women into all military positions, which contributes to a stronger and adaptive force.
We recently watched with pride as our women Soldiers graduated the premier leadership school in the Army, Army Ranger School. A true friend of our installation, Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, became the first women to serve as Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard.
Lt. Gen. Nadja West – the highest ranking woman to ever have graduated from West Point – became our Army’s Surgeon General.
We must build on the progress of these trailblazers and the limitless potential of all women who step forward to serve.
Our working conditions must allow everyone within our ranks to reach full potential and ensure that future opportunities are based on agility, not gender.
Lastly, I want to express my gratitude to all our women Soldiers, civilians and Family Members of Team APG who continue to make a difference as “Trusted Professionals” in service to our nation. This month honors your legacy, leadership and patriotism and I thank you for your service.
Trusted Professionals Always, Army Strong
Bruce T. Crawford
Major General, USA