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Peterson Air Force Base celebrates Women's History Month

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Airmen from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., participated in a Women’s History Month 5K March 20, 2018. Along with the 5K Peterson AFB hosted other events to celebrate Women’s History Month, including a panel of speakers, movie showing, and an informational booth at the Final Friday celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Christian)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Participants of the 5K ran across the base in celebration of Women’s History Month at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., March 20, 2018. The 5K was the kick-off event for the string of events that followed, with the Women’s History Month Panel set to happen the next day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Christian)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Mrs. Kelly Moore attended the Women’s History Month panel at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., March 21, 2018. After the speakers had shared their stories, the floor opened for the audience to ask the panel members questions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Christian)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Members of the Women’s History Month panel came together at the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum, March 21,2018, to share their stories of resiliency on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Members of the panel included Mrs. Mollie Raymond, spouse of Air Force Space Command commander, Michelle Linn, Headquarters Air Force Space Command chief of civil engineering, Lt. Col. Ruth Monsanto-Williams, 21st Medical Group chief nurse, and Chief Master Sgt. Jessica Bernardi-Clancy, Vosler Non-commissioned Officer Academy commandant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Christian)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Four women from across the base spoke together on the Women’s History Month panel at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., March 21,2018. The women gave different perspectives on military experiences from the enlisted, officer, civilian, and military spouse points of view. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Christian)

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Mrs. Mollie Raymond spoke as a member of the Women’s History Month panel at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., March 21, 2018. She shared her family’s story of their move to Japan and their experiences during the tsunami in 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Christian)

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“From earliest times, women have helped shape our nation. Historians today stress all that women have meant to our national life, but the rest of us too should remember, with pride and gratitude, the achievements of women throughout American History,” said former President Ronald Reagan during the first Women’s History Month Presidential Proclamation, March 16, 1987.

From the first official Women’s History Month observance, events have been held to celebrate the achievements and resiliency of women throughout history. Here at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, it’s no different.

“This year we have quite a few events we put together to celebrate Women’s History Month,” said Staff Sgt. Pontea Enriquez, 21st Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge, commander’s support staff, and member of the Women’s History Month planning committee. “We came up with the idea to have a 5k, a panel of speakers, a movie showing and an informational booth at the Final Friday celebration.”

These events are a chance to reflect on how much we have overcome and how much has changed for women, said Enriquez.

“I think it’s important for women around base to be able to meet up together and see people that could be mentors or someone they could look up to,” said Enriquez. “It’s important to get out and see there are women out there fulfilling these leadership roles, especially if you aren’t seeing it on a daily basis.”

The 21st Space Wing Equal Opportunity office is the organizing party behind the special observance events that happen on Peterson AFB. They also bring together the volunteers to create the planning committees.

“Peterson AFB puts these events on to help bring together individuals across the base and celebrate special observances and the diversity in our workforce and the military,” said Wynona James, 21st SW alternate dispute resolution manager.

There’s more to these functions than people might think, said James.

“Our main purpose is edutainment, to educate while still having something that is entertaining and meaningful to anyone attending,” said James. “We take these opportunities to promote workplace environments that embrace the rich diversity found in the military.”

Special observance committees are a great volunteer opportunity, said Enriquez, even if you don’t think you match the description.

“If a guy wanted to help with the Women’s History Month committee we would say ‘Yeah absolutely,’” said Enriquez. “As long as you are there to support it and try your best to make it possible, you can help with any committee.”

Though events may take place during the work day, they are usually scheduled during lunch hours or at the end of the day so they don’t interrupt office productivity, said Enriquez.

“I think when people get invites to come to these, they should,” said Enriquez. “Just from this panel I feel super motivated. Nothing compares to seeing something like this in person and getting to talk to these speakers after the event.”

The culmination of Peterson AFB’s Women’s History Month functions will be the showing of “Hidden Figures,” March 29, at the base auditorium. There will also be an information booth at the Final Friday event at 3:21 p.m., March 30, at The Club.

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