NEWS | March 27, 2012

Airman honors women, schedules luncheon

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

When an Airman believed more could be done to celebrate 'Women's History Month' she stood up and did something about it. Her determination to make a difference sent her on a mission throughout Joint Base Charleston to honor all women, past and present.

Her name is Senior Airman Rachel Bublitz, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron customer service representative, and at the recommendation of her senior leadership, she took on the task of organizing a luncheon to celebrate women's history. The luncheon is scheduled March 29 at the Charleston Club, attendance is $15 and baked chicken and sliced roast beef buffet is on the scheduled menu.

With the support of her leadership at the 628th LRS and Staff Sgt. Michelle Humphrey, 628th Air Base Wing command chief executive assistant, Bublitz began the 'short-notice' task of organizing a Women's History Luncheon.


"I thought organizing a luncheon would be a perfect way to honor women," said Bublitz. "So I did just that. However, the lunch isn't to just honor the women who serve or have served in the military, but every woman, from mothers to grandmothers. Every woman deserves to be appreciated for their hard work."

Bublitz credits her Air Force resiliency training to overcoming life's challenging obstacles, which inspired her to organize the Women's History Luncheon.

"I'm a single mother," said Bublitz. "From raising my son, studying for promotion, completing my everyday work duties, organizing the Women's History Luncheon and preparing for an upcoming deployment, it's safe to say things can sometimes get overwhelming for me. However, those overwhelming aspects of my life are what strengthen me as a woman."

Her story, like countless other women at JB Charleston, is one of empowerment. Due to this, "empowerment through education" is the theme for the luncheon. Dr. Annette West, who spoke during the Black History Month Luncheon, is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Women's History Month Luncheon.

Although remembering the historical figures in Women's history is important to Bublitz, equally important to her is honoring everyday women of today, ones who are empowering their children by raising them in a world that promotes women's equality and keeping the legacy of empowering women alive.

"The luncheon isn't just for women," said Bublitz. "It's important for men to attend as well. The idea is for a bigger purpose, which is promoting overall equality."

Bublitz believes many other women at JB Charleston have also overcome their own respective challenges and, according to her, a great way to manifest those challenges in a supportive environment is attending the Women's History Luncheon.