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Meredith Ann Brenalvirez

Meredith Ann Brenalvirez, 57, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away on December 24, 2016. She was born in Los Angeles, CA and attended Marlborough School. Meredith then graduated from Claremont McKenna College where she was in the first class of women, the Pioneers, and was elected class president. She enjoyed successful careers in banking, advertising, and commercial real estate in Southern California. In 1986, she co-founded Women in Retail Real Estate. Married in 1990, she moved to Scottsdale two years later to raise a family. Among other civic activities, Meredith dedicated her time to advocating for women veterans for over two decades as a board member and ultimately president of Foundation for Women Warriors (formerly Military Women in Need.) A woman of faith, she was actively involved in her church, Pinnacle Presbyterian, as a Deacon, Elder and her favorite Pre-school Sunday School teacher. This remarkable woman gave so much of herself to others that the void left behind is immeasurable. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Rudy and their three children Ted, John and Laura.

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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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    Elizabeth "Gena" Fischle served as a U.S. Coast Gu Elizabeth "Gena" Fischle served as a U.S. Coast Guard SPARS (Semper Paratus Always Ready) during World War II. She was released from active duty after the war in 1946, but would have stayed if they let her. Now she is celebrating her 98th birthday.

Happy Birthday Elizabeth "Gena" Fischle!

Learn more:
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    U.S. Air Force Col. Rebecca Elliot, U.S. Navy Chie U.S. Air Force Col. Rebecca Elliot, U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer Summer Levert, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Cara Lowry, and Lisa Metheney (federal civilian for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) were honored because they all have something in common: female leaders representing four of the five military services.

Learn more:
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    It's official! Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell became the It's official! Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell became the USS Constitution’s first female commanding officer during a ceremony that started on land and ended on board the 224-year-old warship nicknamed Old Ironsides.

Congratulations Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell!

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    "More uniform options are on the way for moms-to-b "More uniform options are on the way for moms-to-be in the Air Force, from two-piece maternity flight suits to wrap dresses.

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."

Learn more:
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    Join Foundation for Women Warriors on Wednesday, F Join Foundation for Women Warriors on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 at 6:30pm PT for a special online screening of the Six Triple Eight documentary.

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.

Register today: https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org/event/the-six-triple-eight-special-screening-3/
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    Today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take a moment Today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take a moment to reflect on his words and teachings. 

"Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream."

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    "The all-female American Legion Post 539 is celebr "The all-female American Legion Post 539 is celebrating a big milestone today, Saturday January 15, at the Swan Club in De Pere. It’s 75th anniversary. American Legion Post 539 is one of only two all-female posts in Wisconsin and the only one north of Milwaukee.

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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