JBSA Women’s History Month luncheon honors women in public service

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- The role of women in public service, including the military, is the focus of Women’s History Month activities in March at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.


The JBSA-Lackland Women’s History Month Committee is holding activities that emphasize the theme of National Women’s History Month, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”


“Women have made humungous contributions to the military through their service,” said Master Sgt. Tamra Lillie, 326th Training Squadron instructor supervisor and member of the JBSA-Lackland Women’s History Month Committee. “Women’s History Month is about putting all that into the spotlight because many people don’t know the contributions women have made to shape Air Force history as well as American history.”


Women’s History Month activities started with a luncheon March 2 at the JBSA-Lackland Gateway Club ballroom. The luncheon speaker was Col. Kendra Matthews, 37th Training Wing vice commander.


Lillie said Matthews spoke about the role and contributions women have and continue to make to the Air Force.


“It was awesome,” Lillie said. “She was a dynamic speaker. Her speech was about being recognized and excelling as an Airman without regard to gender.”


At the luncheon, volunteers wore vintage uniforms of female service members from different time periods.


Other activities for Women’s History Month at JBSA-Lackland include an Armed Forces flag football competition Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Warhawk Field, and the basic training graduate parade March 25 at 9 a.m. at the basic military training parade field. All the commanders who will lead the parade will be female service members.


On Thursday and March 31, the JBSA-Lackland Child Development Center will have readings from 9-10 a.m. for children. The readings will focus on a book that emphasizes the role of women in the military, the workforce or American history.


Master Sgt. Lucero Stockett, 326th Training Squadron instructor supervisor and member of the JBSA-Lackland Women’s History Month Committee, said through the readings children will learn about the contributions women have made in the military and in U.S. history.


“It’s very important to reach out to children so they have a better understanding of the multiple contributions women have made not only in the military but in the entire workforce,” Stockett said.


The observance of the role and contributions of women in American history started in 1980 when President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 2-8 as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress voted to declare the entire month of March as National Women’s History Month.