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Rhonda Honegger

Rhonda Honegger, as a descendant of a long line of men in military service, became the first woman in her family, on both her mother and father’s side, to join the military. After growing up as a military brat, military service was a natural fit. She spent 10 years as a Navy Aerographer’s Mate (meteorology) and still contributes to data in the field with her own weather station in her backyard.

Post-Navy, Rhonda completed her bachelor’s degree in Restaurant and Food Service Management from Texas A&M – Kingsville, graduating number one in her class. She maintained her involvement with the Navy as an Ombudsman supporting military families across multiple spousal assignments. In 2006, she was selected as one of Hampton Roads Military Spouses of the Year for her work in response to Hurricane Katrina.

After a few years of managing restaurants, Rhonda resumed her dedication to public service as a federal leader within the grants management field at the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Corporation for National Service where she directed the Audit Resolution Department before retiring in 2018. While at FEMA, Rhonda deployed to dozens of disasters. She currently volunteers and supports multiple veteran organizations including Women Veterans Network (WoVen), Military Family Coalition, Service Women’s Action Network, Blue Star Families, and Women Veteran’s Alliance to name a few.

Rhonda is married to a retired Navy Chief and has two adult daughters. She enjoys photography, crafting, cooking, hosting art lessons in her home studio, and soaking in the rich history of Virginia and the Washington D.C. area.

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  • Women are integral to the U.S. military and now th Women are integral to the U.S. military and now these groups are working to make the military better for women.

"the Air Mobility Command's Reach Athena and the Department of the Air Force Women's Initiative Team...look at the totality of women's service to find and eliminate barriers to ensure all can serve to their full potential"

Learn more about how these barrier analysis groups work to decrease or remove barriers impacting women's service.
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Happy Birthday Elizabeth "Gena" Fischle!

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Though women were integrated into the armed forces in 1948, it took 30 years before the military began to widely acknowledge the resources and policies they needed to succeed — particularly while pregnant. Women were automatically kicked out of the military when they became pregnant until the late 1970s.

Now, the Air Force is trying to boost the number of women it recruits and retains by doing more to meet their unique needs."

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In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the Six Triple Eight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction completing their mission in six months. By war’s end, the Six Triple Eight had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail ensuring the troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home. The last of the women returned home in March 1946.

They were never fully recognized…until now.

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Members celebrated their January 14, 1947 founding, 75 years and a day later, at a luncheon where war stories were exchanged from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Desert conflicts."

Happy 75th Anniversary!

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