Military Women Project

Military Women Project: CPT Silva, US Army

My parents are the most influential people in my life.   As a single parent currently serving, I have gained insight and perspective about the sacrifices my parents made to ensure a firm foundation for our family.  I appreciate and value the hours my father dedicated to the Army needs so as to provide for our family, while my mother unselfishly dedicated her life to us at home and beyond.   I see very clearly now, that my sister and I wouldn't be where we are today without my parents.

Military Women Project: CPT Silva, US Army

Military Women Project: SGM Duggan, U.S. Army

“I am no different than any American woman whose wanted to obtain an education, make a decent living to support a family and have an opportunity to travel the world. I joined the Army because I wanted to be like my family and serve, but I also identified with the Army slogan of that era “Be all you can be in the Army.” ~ Sergeants Major Duggan

Military Women Project: SGM Duggan, U.S. Army

Military Women Project: COL Lynette Arnhart

Leadership is action, not position.  -Chinese Fortune Cookie

 

I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I arrived at the Academy, but I graduated with a passion for three things—Army, leadership, and operations research (OR).  I was in the Army, was learning leadership and would hold OR close for the future. I had been commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer and went to my basic officer course--approximately 200 guys and me. As a platoon leader, I learned that leadership was about taking care of Soldiers, ensuring their personal well-being, professional well-being, training, guidance, education. 

Military Women Project: COL Lynette Arnhart

Military Women Project: SSG Shekira Wills, U.S. Army

I was working at a fast food restaurant when a man walked in one day and told me about this great job opportunity that would take me around the world, give me free college and even free housing. I was sold! But little did I know, this man, was the Master Trainer for the Montgomery Alabama Recruiting Battalion. I knew absolutely nothing about the Army, other than what I saw television. I quit my job that day, signed up and haven’t looked back since.

Military Women Project: SSG Shekira Wills, U.S. Army

Military Women Project: CPT Tania Donovan, U.S. Army

I want my legacy to be that of humility and gratitude for the opportunities I've been given.  I also want it to be the one “paying it forward” and dedicating as much time and effort into the future generations of Soldiers because that is where I truly see our self-worth.  If we hold on to our experiences and lessons learned without passing them along in order to allow future generations to be better, then we are no good at all.

Military Women Project: CPT Tania Donovan, U.S. Army

Military Women Project: MSG Nita Simmons, U.S. Army

My name is Chhamboni (Nita) Simmons I am a first generation Cambodian refugee.  My family and I were very fortunate and blessed to be able to immigrate to the United States after fleeing Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Regime.  My father served as a Commander for the Cambodian Army and my uncle was a 3-Star General.  Their roles in the Cambodian Army were vital for the safe departure of my family to the United States.

Military Women Project: MSG Nita Simmons, U.S. Army

Military Women Project: CPT Brigette Grimes, U.S. Army

I’m very fortunate to be in the U.S. Army, and to have the opportunity to honor and serve others.  Assisting Soldiers with improving their performance on a PT test, or achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight after struggling to make tape, or an entire unit with preventing heat casualties during their NTC rotation, or a team complete the Bataan Memorial Death March is my definition of success.  I serve those that serve.

Military Women Project: CPT Brigette Grimes, U.S. Army

Military Women Project: CPT Aiana Garin, U.S. Army

I come from a very patriotic family. My father currently has served and continues to serve 19 years of service with the Army providing maintenance and logistical support to Combat Arms Soldiers. I have a younger brother who is also serving. We take pride as a family in what we do to serve the sons and daughters of America.

Military Women Project: CPT Aiana Garin, U.S. Army

Military Women Project: 1st Lieutenant Lauren Cross, U.S. Army

I am 1st Lieutenant Lauren Cross. Why I serve.... This is a tough one. I have a few so I will summarize into one. I am a nurse. As such, I come into contact with many different people: active duty, dependents, retirees, reserve, guard, etc. It does not happen every day, but when I get to see people when they are well, or when a breakthrough happens, that reminds me of why I am here and proud of what I do. I especially love it when I see their spirits lifted because they realize themselves that they are healing. 

Military Women Project: 1st Lieutenant Lauren Cross, U.S. Army

Military Women Project: MAJ Munson, U.S. Army

I wasn't obligated to go active duty, I wasn't obligated to stay in after four years so what made me decide this was my chosen career for the next 20 years? The answer is simple, my brothers and sisters in arms. 

Military Women Project: MAJ Munson, U.S. Army

Military Women Project: GySgt Leal, U.S. Marines

Self-Direction, Self-Discipline, Self-Reliance- these three intangibles have been instilled in me through the Marine Corps way of life.  Being a great Marine is extremely important, but being a good citizen and good person is important! I am so proud to be an American.   My parents fought for me and my siblings to have the American opportunity, and I couldn't be more proud to be an American and Salute my flag every time the National Anthem plays or the Tap sounds.  I feel extremely lucky that my parents fought for the opportunity to the American way of Life.

Military Women Project: GySgt Leal, U.S. Marines

Military Women: Behind the Project - MAJ Jennifer McIntyre, U.S. Army

2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment taught me how to become a tactically and technically proficient leader and would later set me up for success leading my own company of Soldiers into combat. I wish every female officer had the opportunity that I did to experience amazing leadership at all levels from a unit like 2-12 CAV. I don’t think I would be the same person without having this once in a lifetime opportunity. I have to thank my commander, COL James Nickolas, for this opportunity because he believed in me to execute this critical position to the best of my abilities in a wartime environment. In that combat environment, that was a rare opportunity for a female. 

Military Women: Behind the Project - MAJ Jennifer McIntyre, U.S. Army