Carl Vinson Celebrates Women in Service


Story Number: NNS090402-14Release Date: 4/2/2009 9:12:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erin Oberholtzer, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) American Heritage Observance Committee (AHOC) hosted a celebration for the crew in honor of women's history month March 27 in the aircraft carrier's forecastle.

The celebration included speeches, singing and dancing.

"It reinforces women's role in society at large," said Lt. Cmdr. Glenda Jennings Harrison, chaplain. "[The women's history celebration] lets women know that they play an important role in society while challenging them to take the lead."

The "Tribute to Women" also incorporated a slideshow that highlighted the contributions made by Carl Vinson's female Sailors.

"Women have been serving in the armed forces for more than a hundred years," said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class (AW/SW) Sheena Waddell. "The women serving before us took a chance and paved the way for women now to succeed."

The celebration focused on the obstacles women have overcome throughout history and the many challenges women still face.

"Women play such a huge role in society today," said Waddell. "Their talent and determination have changed society's views."

"I challenge all women to take charge and take the lead," said Jennings Harrison. "You should seize the moment with honor, courage, and commitment."

For more news from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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