By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
On Monday, we will observe Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
Adopted 99 years ago, this amendment guaranteed women the right to vote and was a hard-won victory in the battle for the principles of freedom, equality and justice, on which our nation was founded.
Since then, women have made great strides in many facets of society — in our communities, politics, business, and in our military.
Women have served in our military in some capacity since 1775.
Now, all military occupational specialties are open to anyone who is qualified, and the first female Soldier completed the initial Special Forces Assessment and Selection process in 2018.
A complete integration of women throughout our military and our nation make us stronger and better equipped to oppose any threats to our democracy.
In celebrating Women’s Equality Day, we recognize the value of an inclusive environment to our success.
Every standard-bearing female Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airman, and civilian is valued as an instrumental part of our team of teams.
Every one of us has a part in sustaining this environment at Fort Leonard Wood and throughout our military and our nation.
Thank you for your continued efforts to promote equality for all Soldiers.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)