Women's History Month
Moving History Forward

March is National Women's History Month, and we join the nation in an amplified celebration of women contributions to this nation and the Army Reserve. The U.S. Army honors the sacrifices and accomplishments of women who not only shaped our service but also the country. Women play a vital role in today's Army; they are the Soldiers on the front-line; they are leaders, officers and noncommissioned officers standing with our troops; they are members of the United States Army Civilian Corps, as well as employers, spouses, mothers and sisters who are critical members of our Army team. We honor all women for their military and civil service, their support and strength, and their sacrifices to help ensure the freedom and liberty cherished by all Americans.

Army Reserve female Soldiers continue to prove their capabilities and combat-readiness everyday as part of the total force and the civilian work force. By fully integrating women into all facets of the military, including combat arms will make the U.S. Armed Forces better and stronger.

Women continue to have a crucial role in current operations and their selfless sacrifices continue to break through gender barriers. "Valor knows no gender," President Barack Obama stated in a statement on lifting the ban on women in combat. In 2013, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signed a document to lift the Defense Department's ban on women in direct ground combat roles. This historical decision overturned a 1994 Pentagon rule that restricts women from artillery, armor, infantry, and other combat roles and military occupational specialties. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter directed the full integration of women in the Armed Forces following a thirty-day review period required by Congress, Dec. 3, 2015. This allows all military occupational specialties to be open to women as long as they qualify and meet the standards.


BG Smith Eighth Army welcomes first
female deputy commanding general

By Tim Oberle

SEOUL, South Korea - Eighth Army welcomed Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, the first female general officer to serve in an Eighth Army headquarters-level position, during a Patch Ceremony on July 7 at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul.

HoestetlerFrom farm girl to protecting SecDef »
By Sgt. Audrey Hayes

FORT MEADE, Md. - A groundbreaker, a trailblazer, a female first in many aspects of the Army, a life mentor, a fighter for the underdog and a great inspiration. These are a few of the titles leaders used to describe Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mary A. Hostetler during her retirement ceremony after a 40-year career in the U.S. Army.

Triple ThreatTriple Threat: Female Army Reserve Soldier is a true American »
By Spc. Stephanie Ramirez

More than 80 pounds of gear and a fire hose enveloped her 5-foot-5-inch frame as she made her way through the burned-down building. A gas mask clung tightly to her face, cutting off oxygen supply in half.

LTC Echard-DanisA woman's path in the military »
By Brian Godette

FORT BRAGG, N.C., - “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world,” -Harriet Tubman.


ACP ProtegeMentorship Opportunities for Female Reserve Veterans »
By Staff Sgt. Deidra Jackson

A new partnership was signed into effect between the Army Reserve’s Private Public Partnership Office (P3O) and American Corporate Partners’ (ACP) Women’s Veteran Mentoring Program, March 21, at the Pentagon.



Pvt. Sandoval

Pvt. Jennifer Sandoval
First Army Reserve female combat engineer

BG Smith

Brig. Gen. Tracy L. Smith

First Guamanian female Army general officer

1SG Steckman

First Sgt. Raquel Steckman

First Army female  combat engineer first sergeant

BG Schanely

Brig. Gen. Miyako Schanely

First female Japanese-American general officer

SSG Seaborn

Staff Sgt. Lydia Seaborn

First Army Reserve female Cyber
Network Defender graduate

MG Anderson

Maj. Gen. Marcia M. Anderson
First Army's Black female       
major general

MAJ Jaster

Maj. Lisa Jaster
First female Army Reserve Ranger

CW5 Wilson

Chief Warrant Officer 5
Phyllis Wilson

First female Army Reserve Command Chief Warrant Officer