By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON
On Sunday, the nation will observe Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the addition of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, which guaranteed women the right to vote.
The passage of this Amendment is a testament to the courage and the tenacity and fortitude of the women — and men — who challenged the nation to live up to its founding principles.
Since then, women have made great strides for equality across our society — in communities, politics, business, and in our military.
Women have served in our military in some capacity since 1775, and now all military occupational specialties are open to anyone who is qualified.
Integrating and creating equality for women throughout our military only makes the U.S. Armed Forces, our society and our nation better and stronger.
Here on Fort Leonard Wood, we value our women Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and civilians, because they are an instrumental part of our team of teams.
In celebrating Women’s Equality Day, we recognize not only the significance of women’s contributions but also the value of diversity and an inclusive environment. Every one of us has a part in sustaining this environment at Fort Leonard Wood.
Thank you for your continued efforts to promote equality for all Soldiers.
Victory starts here — victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)