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Hail: Incoming Command Sergeant Major for Jacksonville Battalion CSM James R. McDuffie Jr., 23 June 2017
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NEW March2Success Animated Presentation

Army All-American Bowl nominations are being presented around the country. This young man, JJ Peterson, Colquitt County HS, gets his AAB2018 NOMINATION.

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National Women’s History Month is an opportunity to honor and celebrate historic achievements of women. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March. Throughout history, women have broken barriers to serve in the military and defend our nation. However, women were not integrated into the military until 1948, when President Harry Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act.

This year’s Department of Defense theme, “HONORING TRAILBLAZING WOMEN WHO HAVE PAVED THE WAY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS,” highlights women who have successfully broken down barriers and changed the role of women in not only the military, but the government sector as well.

In 1993, Dr. Sheila E. Widnall became the 18th Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) and the first female to hold that position. As the SECAF, she was responsible for Air Force readiness to accomplish its missions. She oversaw the recruiting, training and equipping of the 380,000 men and women on active duty, 251,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Reserve, and 184,000 civilians of the Total Force. She was responsible for planning, justifying and allocating the Service’s annual budget. Her other responsibilities included logistical support, maintenance, research and development, and welfare of personnel.

Retired Command Master Chief Evelyn “Vonn” Banks enlisted in the Navy in 1984 at the age of 29. During her 30 years of service, she earned an Associates of Arts in General Studies Management from the University of Phoenix. She also graduated from both the Air Force Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy as well as the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. Her first Command Master Chief billet was at the Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia. Following a tour at the Senior Enlisted Academy, she assumed duties as the Command Master Chief for Carrier Air Wing 14 in Lemoore, CA. In 2003, she became the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command’s first female Command Master Chief. Four years later, Banks went on to become the first female Command Master Chief of the U.S. Naval Academy in 2007.

Ms. Tracey L. Pinson became the Director for the Office of Small Business Programs, Secretary of the Army in May 1995. Ms. Pinson advised the Secretary of the Army and the Army Staff on all small business procurement issues, and was responsible for the implementation of the Federal acquisition programs designed to assist small businesses. Ms. Pinson provided management and oversight for the Army’s Mentor-Protégé Program as well as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program, and developed policies and initiatives to enhance HBCU/MI participation in Army funded programs. Until her retirement in June 2014, she was highest-ranking female civilian in the Army’s acquisition career field. She won the Department of the Army Award for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2014. Ms. Pinson died December 14, 2014. The Department of the Army Office of Small Business Programs issued this statement, “The small business community has lost a tremendous advocate; we have lost a dear friend and mentor; the thousands of small businesses that have found success due to her tireless efforts are a testament to her legacy.”

In 2011, for the first time in its 96-year history, a woman, Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, took command of the famed Marine Corps training depot at South Carolina’s Parris Island. Parris Island graduates about 20,000 Marines annually and is the only site where female enlisted Marines are trained to enter the Marine Corps. She was also the first female Marine to ever hold a command position in a battle zone. While serving a yearlong tour of duty in Afghanistan, she oversaw five Marine battalions and military company from Bahrain. While there, she improved a base that “fed, housed and equipped more than 10,000 Marines and expanded the base to handle an additional 10,000 Marines and sailors.” In addition, women continue to challenge gender roles and pave the road for future generations .

Lt. Col. Christine Mau: In 2011, she was part of the first all-female combat sortie over Afghanistan. In 2015, she became the first female pilot of an F-35 jet.

Capt. Kristen Griest: In 2015, she was one of the first three women to earn the Ranger tab. In 2016, she became the Army’s first female infantry officer.

Sgt. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro: In 2013, she was one of the first three women to earn her USMC infantry qualifications.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2017: "Success always leaves footprints," Booker T. Washington

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in the history of the United States. A few notable achievements are listed below:

When the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, the 369th Infantry, also known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” was among the first regiments to arrive in France and it became one of the most highly decorated. An all-black regiment under the command of mostly white officers including its commander, Colonel William Hayward, the 369th spent 191 days in combat, longer than any other American unit in the war. Hayward described his unit saying, “My men never retire, they go forward or they die.”

2nd Lt. Henry O. Flipper: Born into slavery, Flipper was West Point’s first African-American graduate and the first African-American commissioned officer in the regular U.S. Army.

Mary McLeod Bethune: Bethune was a child of former slaves. She graduated from the Scotia Seminary for Girls in 1893. Believing that education provided the key to racial advancement, Bethune founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute in 1904, which later became Bethune-Cookman College. She also founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935, promoting the “unharnessed power among African-American women.”

Booker T. Washington: Born a slave on a Virginia farm, Washington rose to become one of the most influential African-American intellectuals of the late 19th century. In 1881, he founded the Tuskegee Institute, a Black school in Alabama devoted to training teachers. He is recognized for his educational advancements and attempts to promote economic self-reliance among African-Americans.

Linda Brown: Brown was the child associated with the lead name in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the outlawing of U.S. school segregation in 1954.

Little Rock Nine: The Little Rock Nine were black students who sought to attend Little Rock Central High School in the fall of 1957. Due to racial tensions, school officials, fearing for the students’ safety, dismissed the Little Rock Nine. President Dwight Eisenhower ordered paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division to the school, escorting students to the building and singling out troublemakers bent on disrupting the federal mandate. Over the following days, these troops and members of the Arkansas National Guard — Eisenhower had federalized 10,000 guardsman, effectively keeping the situation in hand, their (armed) presence serving to pacify the more belligerent and strident elements in town. (Photo: Elizabeth Eckford, age 15, pursued by a mob at Little Rock Central High School on the first day of the school year, September 4, 1957.)

Ruby Bridges: Bridges was 6-years-old when she became the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school, having to be escorted to class by her mother and U.S. Marshals due to violent mobs. Bridges’ bravery paved the way for continued Civil Rights action and she’s shared her story with future generations in educational forums.

James Meredith: Meredith spent nine years in the United States Air Force before enrolling in Jackson State College—an all-black school—in Mississippi. In 1961, he applied to the all-white University of Mississippi. He was initially accepted, but his admission was later withdrawn when the registrar discovered his race. Since all public educational institutions had been ordered to desegregate by this time (following 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling), he filed a suit alleging discrimination. Although the state courts ruled against him, the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in his favor. When Meredith arrived at the university to register for classes on Sept. 20, 1962, he found the entrance blocked. Rioting soon erupted, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy sent 500 U.S. Marshals to the scene. Additionally, President John F. Kennedy sent military police, troops from the Mississippi National Guard and officials from the U.S. Border Patrol to keep the peace. On Oct. 1, 1962, Meredith became the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi.

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New Army recruits are now required to meet physical standards to perform an MOS-- before they begin training as Future Soldiers--before they leave for basic training. The Army is using scientific methods to test new recruits muscle strength using the Occupational Assessment Physical Test, OPAT. In addition to meeting medical, and academic standards, new recruits are given a battery of four muscle-tests to determine their ability to perform certain Military Occupational Specialties (MOS). If the new recruit does not pass the OPAT for a desired MOS initially, they can retake the test in 30 days.

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One of the four OPAT muscle skills test

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OPAT: The Occupational Physical Assessment Test is another tool in the Army testing battery (including the ASVAB and medical standards) to help assess MOS physical ability. The OPAT will help Army readiness by pairing the right Soldier with the right job through physical readiness. OPAT is a combination of four physical fitness tests: the standing long jump, the seated power throw, the deadlift, and, the aerobic interval run.

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