Boots on the Ground: Females on the frontlines
Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport,
1st AD and Fort Bliss Command Sergeant Major:
On Friday we commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, also known as the “Women’s Suffrage Amendment.” The joint resolution designating Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day was passed in 1971.
I know of no better example than the U.S. military, in which women are increasingly proving why there is no need to restrict women’s role on the battlefield or anywhere else.
Women in the Army are doing great things every day. They comprise more than 15 percent of the total Army force and 20 percent of today’s military services.
For the longest time, women were kept from the front lines of combat operations. For nearly 10 years, we have seen the front lines of war diminish, because the fight is truly everywhere. Women continue to make great sacrifices on behalf of the nation. They are defining their roles in combat every day and making the Army and their families proud.
A great example is someone like Maj. L. Tammy Duckworth who lost both of her legs and a large portion of one of her arms when her helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. Duckworth was later appointed by President Barack Obama to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the national level.
Another fine example is Pfc. Rachel K. Bosveld, who received a Purple Heart in 2003 when her vehicle was hit by enemy fire during a patrol mission in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. Six weeks later, she was mortally wounded and posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and a second Purple Heart for her actions when her Humvee came under fire.
“Freedom Rest” is an R&R site dedicated to honoring Task Force 1st Armored Division’s fallen Soldiers; and a plaque bearing Bosveld’s name is a permanent fixture. She was a guiding light to her fellow Soldiers and someone I will always remember.
Team Bliss is proud to have female Soldiers making history for both the post and the 1st Armored Division each and every day. If you know of a female Soldier going above and beyond the call of duty who you would like to recognize, send her name and a brief description to the email address below. Next week, I will highlight a few of the names submitted. Questions, comments and concerns can be sent to email@example.com.
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