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  • Vol. 27 No. 35 www.cnic.navy.mil/bethesda/ September 3, 2015

    By Sharon Renee Taylor

    WRNMMC Public Affairs

    staff writer

    Walter Reed National Military Medi-

    cal Center (WRNMMC) recognized the

    1920 ratication of the 19th Amend-

    ment, Aug. 27, with a Womens Equal-

    ity Day presentation. The ceremony

    acknowledged the legislation that gave

    women the right to vote, and celebrated

    recent victories of equality women have

    won.

    I believe our differences are more

    about our perceptions of what is natu-

    ral for the sexes rather than fact, other-

    wise known as bias or stereotyping, said

    keynote speaker Army Master Sgt. Staci

    Harrison.

    Army Capt. Kristen Griest, a military

    police ofcer, and Army 1st Lt. Shaye Ha-

    ver, an Apache pilot, became the rst fe-

    male Soldiers to complete Ranger school

    and pin on the tab, Aug. 21. Initially, 17

    other women began the training with the

    two but in the end, only Griest and Haver

    made up the 24 percent of Soldiers who

    passed the rigorous course.

    They hadnt trained as infantrymen

    so those are tasks they had to learn, but

    had nothing to do with their gender, ex-

    plained Harrison.

    Ranger school is described as the

    Armys premier combat leadership

    course teaching Ranger students how to

    overcome fatigue, hunger, and stress to

    lead Soldiers during small unit combat

    operations, Harrison explained. Griest

    and Haver not only nished the 62-day

    course, but one helped at least one com-

    rade do the same, according to Harrison.

    During an interview, one of the Sol-

    diers who earned his Ranger tab said

    that he couldnt have gotten through it if

    one of the females hadnt helped him car-

    ry his ruck sack. [He said] all the other

    males passed him by, but she helped him

    pick up his ruck sack, Harrison recalled.

    This course has proven that every

    Soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve

    his or her full potential, Army Secretary

    John M.McHugh said, offering congratu-

    lations to all of the new Rangers upon

    their graduation last month. We owe

    Soldiers the opportunity to serve suc-

    cessfully in any position where they are

    qualied and capable.

    Although both Griest and Haver com-

    pleted Ranger training, neither will be

    eligible to join the 75th Ranger Regi-

    mentthe assignment is closed to fe-

    males, for now. Harrison encouraged the

    crowd to reevaluate their dedication to

    ending discrimination against women,

    despite recent triumphs.

    Do one thing for a better world, the

    master sergeant urged attendees at the

    equality presentation. She encouraged

    the crowd to nd out more about womens

    rights struggles around the world. Sup-

    port organizations working to promote

    womens rights and equality. Hold an

    event to raise awareness about the issue

    of equal rights for all.

    I love being a woman, Harrison said.

    I just dont want to be eliminated from

    contention for an opportunity solely

    based on my gender.

    WRNMMC Honors Womens Equality Day

    Characters Come Alive at MWR CON

    Photos by MC3 Hank Gettys

    Morale, Welfare and Recreation

    (MWR) Naval Support Activ-

    ity Bethesda (NSAB) held its rst

    MWR CON celebrating popular

    culture Aug. 30 at the Bowling

    Center onboard NSAB. The event

    included costume contests, laser

    tag, a photo booth, trivia contests,

    games and much more. Local vol-

    unteers and sponsors provided vi-

    tal support for the event.

    Photo By Sharon Renee Taylor

    Miss Shevaughn performs at the

    Womens Equality Day presenta-

    tion held at WRNMMC, Aug. 27.

  • 2 Thursday, September 3, 2015 The Journal

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    Lean Six Sigma Green

    Belt Course

    Lean Six Sigma train-

    ing will be Oct. 19-23. The

    training is designed to equip

    participants with the prin-

    ciples and tools necessary to

    drive improvements based

    on data using the best in-

    dustry-standard methodolo-

    gies. For more information,

    contact HM3 Paige Gerkin

    at paige.m.gerkin.mil@mail.

    mil.

    Healing Arts Exhibit

    The Healing Arts Exhibit

    (previously known as the

    Breast Cancer Art Show) will

    be at Walter Reed National

    Military Medical Center Oct.

    8 at 3 p.m. in the Pavilion

    between the America Garage

    and Building 19. Artwork

    submissionswill be accepted

    until Oct. 2. For more in-

    formation regarding sub-

    missions, contact Jessica

    Shipman at 301-319-2896 or

    Capt. Moira G. McGuire at

    301-319-8755.

    TeamSTEPPS Training

    TeamSTEPPS (Teamwork

    Skills, Team Strategies

    and Tools to Enhance

    Performance and Patient

    Safety) two-day train-the-

    trainer course is Sept. 28-29.

    For registration, times and

    location, contact Hospital

    Education and Training

    (HEAT) at dha.bethesda.

    ncr-medical.list.wrnm-class-

    registration@mail.mil

    Bethesda Notebook

    The end of summer is upon

    us. We know this as we wit-

    ness the start of school, some-

    what cooler temperatures and

    the arrival of Labor Day.

    The start of school means

    that our children will be on

    our roads, streets and cross-

    walks and we need to slow

    down to help ensure their

    safety. Im not talking about

    just on the NSA Bethesda

    compound, but everywhere.

    Im personally asking every-

    one to be alert and vigilant -

    slow down and stop for school

    buses when they are dropping

    off our kids instead of impa-

    tiently going around them.

    The safety of our children de-

    pends on it.

    So as our children endure

    their back to school transi-

    tion, our nation will celebrate

    the contributions of the American labor force on

    Labor Day. According to the U.S. Department of

    Labors (DOL) website, the rst Labor Day holi-

    day was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882 in

    New York City.

    More details about the history of Labor Day

    from the DOL: In 1884, the rst Monday in Sep-

    tember as selected as the holiday. The idea spread

    with the growth of labor organizations and in

    1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many indus-

    trial centers of the count