NBC Recognizes the Importance of Women’s History Month

Last Updated : 5/26/2011 10:16:18 AM

CORONADO, Calif.-More than 50 Naval Base Coronado (NBC) Sailors and civilians attended the National Women's History Month celebration at Naval Air Station North Island March 28.

The event included guest speakers, live music, two video presentations, home-cooked food and a cake-cutting ceremony.

The Department of Defense theme for this year's observance is "Our History is Our Strength."

Guest speaker Elizabeth Austin, a principal at San Diego Unified School District said, this celebration gives us the opportunity to reflect on women's past events, which will allow us to move forward.

Women's History Month has been recognized by Congress through a joint resolution every year since 1987, and commemorates the diverse contributions women have made, and continue to make, to our nation.

Gunners Mate 1st Class (SW) Julia Neuweiler, assigned to NBC Naval Operational Logistics Support Center Ammunition Management Office Pacific said "We still have a ways to go.  As women there are a number of "firsts" to achieve, such as the first female President of the United States, but we are making progress every day."

Neuweiler added, "By raising awareness of women's accomplishments, and recognizing the men and women who have helped make a difference in the climb towards full equality."

Today, there are more than 53,000 active-duty women and more than 10,000 female Reservists serving in the Navy.

"My true belief is that a woman can accomplish a mission just as well, and in most cases better, than their male counter-partners," said Naval Base Coronado Command Master Chief Kenneth Shivers. He also thanked all the women for their dedicated efforts and services in the United States Military.

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