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NEWS | March 14, 2013

Team Charleston celebrates Women's History Month

By Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Throughout the month of March, women's history will be honored across the world, as well as at Joint Base Charleston. To kick things off, women from the JB Charleston - Air Base took part in a Retreat ceremony March 8, 2013.

Women's History Month is an annual observance recognized around the world, and highlights the contributions of women throughout history and in today's society.

"Honoring women's history is very important for all Airmen," said Master Sgt. Natasha Smith, 628th Air Base Wing Command Post superintendent. "Women have come a long way in the military. Today, they fill the role of fighter pilots, commanders and combat positions ... which gives hope and inspiration that anything is possible."

Senior Airman Rachel Bublitz, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron customer service representative, was also inspired to celebrate women's history. This is her second year volunteering her time to assist the committee organizing the WHM luncheon at JB Charleston - Air Base.

"I have always wanted to be involved in something that highlights empowering women," said Bublitz. "I think it is so wonderful to be surrounded by such amazing, strong women every day while wearing this uniform."

Bublitz encourages all Airmen, regardless of gender, to embrace WHM. This sentiment is echoed with many others involved in the WHM events.

"Women's history is about more than the history of women," said Smith. "It's a journey toward equality. That's what the true meaning is, finding men and women as equals because whatever a man can do, we're proving we can do as well."
Master Sgt. Scott Levesque, 628th Communications Squadron Plans & Resources Flight superintendent, sees WHM as an opportunity to recognize significant contributions women have made to society. Levesque feels women's contributions are so profound because of how far society has come in a relatively short amount of time. For this reason, he has organized a luncheon to celebrate these achievements.

The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., March 25, 2013 at the JB Charleston - Air Base Club. The guest speaker for the luncheon is Dr. Chandra Curtis.

Curtis is a Research and Applied Science Team Lead for the Science and Technology Competency at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic. A woman of many significant accomplishments herself, Curtis will be speaking to the guests in attendance about broadening their perspective on life.