Below is a transcript of the remarks.
CNO: Shipmates, CNO Gilday here with my wife, Linda, to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Linda: During March, we honor and pay tribute to those women – Active and Reserve, Uniformed and Civilian – who have served our Navy and our nation.
CNO: Linda, there is no doubt, our Navy is full of trailblazing pioneers who paved the way for more than 142,000 women serving in our Navy today. These Sailors and spouses, mothers, daughters, and sisters, have served in every rank - from seaman to admiral, and in most every job, from naval aviators to explosive ordinance disposal technicians.
Linda: Last November, we started to document the achievements of Women in the Navy (WIN) and created a display in our home to honor 50 pioneers that led the way. And today, we are proud to announce the next 50 women to add to that group. We are honoring their achievements and hoping to inspire the next generation.
CNO: We’re recognizing women like Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, the first woman to command U.S. Fleet Cyber Command; Ms. Juliet Beyler, who serves as NAVEUR’s Executive Director and was one of the Marine Corps’ first combat engineers. And women like Senior Chief Shannon Kent, who was killed in action in Syria.
Linda: Two weeks ago, Mike and I had the privilege to meet Sailors aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68). The women I met with each had amazing stories of perseverance, tenacity, service and pride in their work, while many were balancing needs of families at home. No doubt, there’s a strong cadre of women who are moving up the Navy’s ranks, and each benefits from the sacrifices of those that we honor in the “WIN” display.
CNO: And while this is a small representation of the women who have served, it is our hope that this sparks recognition about the many accomplishments women have, and will continue to achieve, through their hard work, grit, and determination.
Linda: It is our hope that sharing these stories will continue to foster future generations of both men and women alike. And we will continue growing this list in the months and years to come.
CNO: To the women who forged ahead and are breaking barriers – thank you. And to those women who serve selflessly day-in and day-out – we appreciate all that you do. I am grateful to each and every one of you. We’ll see you in the Fleet, shipmates.
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