23 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Women Warriors

Hazel Johnson-Brown, General, U.S. Army

Hazel Johnson-Brown had known since childhood that she wanted to be a nurse. She applied to her hometown college- the West Chester School of Nursing in Pennsylvania, but was rejected because she was black. Therefore, she went to New York City in 1947 and enrolled in the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing.  Upon graduating, she began working at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Hospital in 1953 but soon joined the U.S. Army in 1955, shortly after President Truman had banned […]

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21 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Women Warriors

Linda Bray, Captain, U.S. Army

After graduating from the Army ROTC program at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, Linda Bray was commissioned into the Army in June of 1983.  Her first assignment was with the 556th Military Police Company in West Germany from 1983 to 1987. She then attended the Military Police Officer Advanced Course and Provost Marshal training at Fort McClellan before […]

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19 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Women Warriors

Jeanne Pace, Chief Warrant Officer 5, U.S. Army

Chief Warrant Officer Jeanne Pace enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in 1972 as a clarinet player. She was the longest-tenured female warrant officer and the last former member of the WAC on active duty, following her retirement in 2015.   The WAC ended in the 1970’s as gender integration became recognized as necessary. Pace commented on the way women were treated in the […]

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19 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Updates

Letter to Our Warrior Community

Dear Warrior Family, Over a week ago our Foundation for Women Warriors team began working from home until further notice and as of late last week we joined a growing cohort of business and civic leaders taking proactive actions to ensure the safety of our friends, families, and neighbors by limiting our individual public interaction. […]

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18 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Women Warriors

Marcella Ann Hayes Ng, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Marcella Hayes was an ROTC cadet at the University of Wisconsin when she began to have an interest in flying. She was commissioned into the Army in 1978.  In 1979, 2nd Lt. Hayes graduated helicopter flight training at the U.S. Army Aviation Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama. This accomplishment made her the 55th woman to earn pilots’ wings, the first African American woman to graduate from this Army Flight School and– what she’s most distinctly known for– the very first African American woman to earn […]

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17 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Women Warriors

Carmen Contreras Bozak, Technician 4th grade, U.S. Army

Carmen Contreras Bozak joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in 1942– just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. At that time, the Army was in need of bilingual women to work in cryptology, communications and interpretation job fields. Due to her Puerto Rican heritage, she became the first ever Hispanic woman to join the WAAC. With being able to speak five languages (Spanish, English Portuguese, Italian and French), she served as an interpreter.  […]

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16 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Women Warriors

Lisa Jaster, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Lt. Col. Lisa Jaster is the executive officer of the 420th Engineer Brigade, 416th Theater Engineer Command, the director of civil engineering for M&S Engineering and a professional public speaker.   She was 37 years of age when she attended, and passed, Army Ranger School. This is remarkable given the fact that the typical age of Ranger School students is early 20’s. She graduated in October 2015 […]

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15 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Women Warriors

Mary A. Hallaren, Colonel, U.S. Army

In 1942, during WWII, Mary Hallaren became one of the first women volunteers to be selected for Officer Candidate School in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), later named Women’s Amy Corps (WAC).   Shortly after graduating, she put on the rank of captain and was appointed as commanding officer of the the 1st WAAC Separate Battalion and led the first woman battalion overseas to the European […]

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14 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Women Warriors

Maria Garcia Roach, U.S. Army

Maria Garcia Roach was a nurse anesthetist instructing at Charity Hospital in New Orleans when the United States entered World War II. Maria had initially volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) as a field nurse, however when it was discovered that she also had her pilots license, she was selected to […]

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13 Mar
  • By Diana
  • Filed under Women Warriors

Megan Leavey, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Megan Leavey enlisted in the Marines in 2003 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, where she was paired with military working dog Rex (E168), a german shepherd. The pair were deployed twice to Iraq together. They were first deployed to Fallujah in 2005 and the second to Ramadi in 2006. During those deployments they […]

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