Women Warriors

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  • By A1C Jessica Blocher
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Recently, Columbus Recreation Department hosted a military appreciation event, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories”, featuring keynote speaker Master Sgt. Adrian Washington, 14th Flying Training Wing development advisor.

The panel of speakers consisted of female service members and community leaders in different positions of service and support. 

In 1948, President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act which allowed for females to officially join the Armed Forces even though they had been serving in key roles since the American Revolution as nurses and other direct roles of support. 

“I think it’s important for people to understand how we as females have left our mark over time because, for many years women have not been able to be a part of military services or to even have a voice,” said Washington. “Getting people to understand the full scope of a woman in the military helps them to better understand how we tie into the fight and ensure that the missions get taken care of.” 

MSgt Washington’s theme for her speech was centered around favor, grace and mercy. She explained how mercy has played a strong role in her career and how she has witnessed favor and grace in her fellow military women. 

“Going through college and joining the military to meet some of the most amazing people I’ve met on this journey is a true testament to God’s grace, favor and mercy,” said Washington. “Trusting him in all things, small things, good things and bad things brings you the woman you have here today.” 

Washington went on to explain that all women in the military have a purpose and a story that outlines grace, favor and mercy. 

“All females should be authentically themselves and seek out their purpose,” said Washington. “This will give them the tools and fuel they need to leave their mark.” 

Veteran spouse Christine Chandler, Sim Scott senior citizen, shared her testimony on raising a family and caring for a spouse suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the fight that women often face on the home front. 

“It was scary, we didn’t know what we were dealing with back then, when it came to PTSD,” said Chandler. “I needed the support of my family and friends to help me raise those children, which is why it is so important to invest in your network of women.” 

To learn more about female heritage in the Armed Forces visit: https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/3326203/military-celebrates-womens-history-month/