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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  MARCH 2005 MARKS THE 18TH ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF
WOMEN S HISTORY MONTH, A TIME WHEN THE NAVY CELEBRATES AND
RECOGNIZES THE CONTRIBUTIONS WOMEN HAVE MADE TO THE NAVY AND THE
NATION.  THIS YEAR THE NATIONAL THEME IS "WOMEN CHANGE AMERICA."
2.  THE SPIRITED AND COURAGEOUS EFFORTS OF MANY WOMEN IN THE U.S.



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NAVY HAVE, INDEED, CONTRIBUTED TO TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGES IN BOTH
THE NAVY AND AMERICA.  SINCE BECOMING AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE NAVY
IN 1908 WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NURSE CORPS, WOMEN HAVE HAD AN
EVER-INCREASING INFLUENCE AND IMPACT.  FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF
PIONEERS SUCH AS LIEUTENANT BARBARA ALLEN RAINEY, FIRST FEMALE TO
GRADUATE FROM PILOT TRAINING; MASTER CHIEF JANICE AYERS, FIRST
FEMALE COMMAND MASTER CHIEF AT SEA; AND LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DARLENE
ISKRA, THE FIRST WOMAN TO COMMAND A SHIP, WOMEN TODAY CONTINUE TO
DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY TO MEET NEW CHALLENGES AND ASSUME GREATER
ROLES IN THE NAVY OF TOMORROW.  AMONG THE COUNTLESS EXAMPLES OF
WOMEN CHANGING THE NAVY TODAY IS LIEUTENANT NICHOL SCHINE, FIRE
CONTROL OFFICER ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).  SERVING IN HER
SIXTH SEA TOUR, SHE RECOGNIZES THE WORK OF THOSE WHO SERVED BEFORE.
"IT IS THE EFFORTS OF SO MANY BRAVE WOMEN BEFORE US THAT HAVE
ALLOWED SUCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE OF US SERVING TODAY."
3.  TODAY, 56,293 WOMEN, ACTIVE AND RESERVE, SERVE ABOARD SHIPS,
WITH AVIATION SQUADRONS, AND IN VITAL ROLES FROM DECK SEAMAN
TO COMMANDING OFFICER.  THEY ARE SERVING IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND
INDONESIA, AND ARE CRITICAL TO THE MISSION OF THE NAVY.
4.  WE SALUTE THE WOMEN IN THE NAVY, BOTH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN, AND



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ENCOURAGE ALL COMMANDS TO RECOGNIZE WOMEN S HISTORY MONTH BY
SPONSORING LOCAL ACTIVITIES AND EXHIBITS, PUBLISHING ITEMS OF
INTEREST IN COMMAND BULLETINS, AND SOLICITING INDIVIDUAL
PARTICIPATION IN APPROPRIATE OBSERVANCES.  PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS BY CIVILIAN AND MILITARY PERSONNEL IS ALSO HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED.
5.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WOMEN S HISTORY MONTH, VISIT THE
OFFICE OF WOMEN S POLICY WEBSITE AT:
HTTP:/WWW.NPC.NAVY.MIL/ABOUTUS/BUPERS/WOMENSPOLICY/
OR VISIT THE FOLLOWING NATIONAL WOMEN S HISTORY WEBSITES:
- NATIONAL WOMEN S HISTORY PROJECT, WWW.NWHP.ORG
- NATIONAL WOMEN S HISTORY MUSEUM, WWW.NWHM.ORG
- WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE MEMORIAL, WWW.WOMENSMEMORIAL.ORG
- WOMEN S RESEARCH AND EDUCATION INSTITUTE, WWW.WREI.ORG.
6.  RELEASED BY VADM G. L. HOEWING, N1.//
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