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Maj. Lakisha Earl-Hale, G-1 chief of plans for the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division, delivers remarks during New Jersey’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration Jan. 19 at the N.J. State Museum Auditorium in Trenton. Honored during the ceremony was former Sgt. Hilda P. Griggs, who served in the Second World War’s 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. The 6888th was the first-and-only all-African American, all-female unit to deploy overseas during the war. It consisted of 855 women under the command of Lt. Charity Adams, the first African-American woman commissioned in the Women’s Army Corps. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sal Ottaviano)