Virginia National Guard Women’s Summit (Fort Pickett, VA – June 19, 2019)
The Virginia National Guard hosted a summit at Fort Pickett to provide information to women and get insight into retention issues. Many vendors participated to share information on financial strategies, family programs, and citizen-soldier activities. FAWMA provided information on the museum and encouraged the soldiers to visit and enjoy women’s contributions.
Virginia Women’s Veteran Summit (Hampton, VA – May 16-17, 2019)
The city of Hampton hosted the event and was happy to report a large turnout. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about the services and benefits offered for women veterans. Many corporations were in attendance such as Amazon, Dominion and BAE. The Army Women’s Museum set up a table to remind veterans that women have had many great accomplishments in the Army and to never forget the long road to win the rights they hold today. Dr. Francoise Bonnell, the museum director was in attendance and was honored with an award. Gail Taylor-Black represented FAWMA and was there to answer questions and provide information on the new museum. Also, in attendance was Nancy Phaup, and education specialist at the museum.
WOMEN WARRIORS: GRACE AND GRIT
On March 23, 2019 the Virginia War Memorial hosted the “Women Warriors: Grace and Grit” panel discussion held in Richmond Virginia. The program was moderated by Dr. Francoise Bonnell, Director of the U.S. Army Women’s Museum, Fort Lee, Virginia; the panelists featured, Gail T. Black, U.S. Army Veteran, Tamika Harris-Smith, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Audrey Ross, Chesterfield Historical Society, and Amelia Underwood, U.S. Army Veteran. The panelists were asked to share their personal and professional military related experiences.
Joint Base Fort Meade-Henderson Hall Appreciation Day (October 3, 2018, Meade/Henderson Hall)
FAWMA attended Appreciation Day at Joint Base Fort Meyer- Henderson Hall on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The theme of the program was Families and featured a presentation on Gold Star Families. Our own Candy and Ed Martin were featured in part of the presentation. The program was attended by over 300 participants and brought together veterans, active duty service members, community members and government agencies to talk about services and benefits offered to military service members and veterans.
Fort Lee Retiree Appreciation Day (Sep 29, 2108, Fort Lee, VA)
FAWMA participated in Fort Lee’s Annual Retiree Appreciation Day. The event featured representatives from several Fort Lee and independent organizations to health screenings for retirees and their spouses. Attendees were given the opportunity to get assistance related to ID cards, wills and and powers of attorney. FAWMA volunteers were there to share information about the museum and the upcoming grand reopening on November 2. FAWMA had a lot of interest in FAWMA’s quarterly newsletter and had many additions to our mailing list.
Fort Belvoir Retirement Appreciation Day (September 21, 2018, Ft Belvoir)
FAWMA attended the Annual Retirement Appreciation Day at Fort Belvoir, Virginia on Friday September 21, 2018. The Day brought together veterans, active duty service members, community leaders, employers, and government agencies from the federal, state, and local levels to raise awareness about the services and benefits offered to veterans. Over 400 were in attendance and eager to learn about FAWMA and the AWM Grand Reopening and Reunion in November.
Women Veterans Roundtable (September 6, 2018)
On Sept 6, 2018, FAWMA Board Member, Gail Taylor Black attended a round table discussion with Female Veterans and with Delegate Kathleen Murphy of the 34th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.
ORMOND STRONG (Aug 29, 2018, Ormond Beach, FL)
On August 18, 2018, FAWMA Representative Phyllis Wilson attended “Ormond Strong” in Ormond Beach, Florida. Ormond Strong is a 501 (c) (3) organization that supports all Military Veterans, Service Members, First Responders and their families. The event attended by over 500 recognized all Women Veterans and included recognition from both Senator Rubio and Senator Bill Nelson.