The National Association of

Black Military Women 
(formerly known as Black WAAC, WAC, Women in Service)




Newlywed surprises mother in Kuwait from Iraq

By Staff Sgt. W. Watson Martin

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – On a surprise trip from Iraq, 19-year-old Spc. Anthony W. Avant, Jr. visited his mother, Master Sgt. Veronica L. Avant, here the weekend before Father’s Day – both are residents of El Monte, Ca. but call Chicago home.

Instead of taking a four day pass to the much sought after R&R spot in Qatar, Anthony took his pass to see his mom in the deserts of Kuwait. “I haven’t seen my son in over eight months, so this is wonderful,” she said.

The son deployed for the first time in January – shortly after getting married. His unit, the 137th Quarter Master Co., deployed in support of the 87th CSSB, 3rd Infantry Division in Mosul.  His mother began serving her second deployment here in April with the 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) as the food services manager for all of Kuwait.

“We spent our last night together dining at ‘Applebees Bar and Grill’ in the Zone 1 dining facility followed by karaoke and salsa dancing at the recreational facility here,” she said.

“My mom made sure my belly was full before moving north,” said Avant. The Avant family proudly serves when called to duty to build a better future for others and to preserve America’s way of life, said Master Sgt. Avant. This Saturday, the Army celebrates its 233rd birthday as well as marking its 35th anniversary as an all-volunteer force.

Anthony’s wife, Pvt. Latoni V. Avant, serves as an active duty supply specialist and expects to deploy with her unit out of Fort Carson, Co. next year.  Anthony, who is currently a reservist, plans on going active duty after this deployment so he and his wife can serve together once she returns from her unit’s upcoming rotation.

 Master Sgt. Veronica L. Avant is a member of he NABMW.  Please send her a shout out and let her know that she and her family will always be our prayers.  For more information you can contact Spc. Avant at or Master Sgt. Avant at


ESSIE DELL WOODS, WWII VETERAN, Member of the Womens Army Auxilary Corp (WAAC) and The Womens Army Corp (WAC). Read an interview of Mrs Woods conducted by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (HERSTORY)




 US ARMY, Retired,
 Womens Army Corp (WAC),  Vietnam Veteran

SGM Stephens-McArthur is featured on the front cover of the Heinz History Center Special Exhibit in Pittsburg, PA and on the upcoming new book "SOUL SOLDIERS: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE VIETNAM ERA.   (Herstory)  The Vietnam exhibit & project is an efforts of 



The change of command ceremony was held at the Green Springs United States Army Reserve Center in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, 9 February 2008.  It was presided over Colonel Craig Sanders, Commander 926th Engineer Brigade.  LTC Williams assumed command from outgoing Battalion Commander LTC Ralph Hersey. 

LTC Williams joins "the First Club" of outstanding African Americans who have succeeded is achieving what has not been done before.  She is the first female to command the 926th Engineer Battalion.  In attendance of this historical event for the unit were friends and family of both the incoming and outgoing commander and 926th unit soldiers.  LTC Donna Williams has had a very impressive career with the Army.  She has served in many positions of responsibilities.  Her mother was all smiles as looked on as her daughter assumed command.   Take a look at Herstory below.

LTC Donna Williams is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi. She obtained her commission through ROTC under the early commissioning program in 1986 from Jackson State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science.  LTC Williams also holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Information Technology and Military Management from Touro University.

 LTC Williams began her military career as an Army Reserve Soldier in the 412th Engineer Command where she served as a Civilian Engineer. In 1990 she entered the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program.  LTC Williams' assignments in the AGR Program includes Operation Officer, 493rd Engineer Group, Dallas Texas; Operations Officer, 926th Engineer Battalion, Birmingham, Alabama; Commander, Company A, 411th Engineer Battalion, Maui, Hawaii; Executive Officer, 926th Engineer Battalion, Birmingham, Alabama; Engineer Organizational Integrator and Branch Chief, United States Army Reserve Command, Atlanta, Georgia.

 Her military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advance Courses, the Adjutant General Basic Course, the Senior Transportation Qualification Course, Combined Arms and Service Staff School (CAS3), the Army Force Management Qualification Course, and the Army Command General Staff College, LTC Williams has also completed the Army Logistics Management College Contracting Officers Representative Course.

 Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), Army Commendation Medal with 4 OLC, Army Achievement Medal, Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass and Mobilization Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with numeral 6, Combat Action Badge, Army Superior Unit Award, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineer Bronze deFluery Medal.








COL(RET) Dolores Hampton,
 First President, NABMW -

  led a team of Atlanta NABMW members, family and friends  to join with a group the historical Tuskegee Airmen to help support  the Georgia Public Broadcasting Station membership drive on live TV - December 9, 2007. 

     COL Hampton broadcast live the history of the NABMW, our mission and the “Herstory”  of our World War II Sister Soldiers.  It was a great treat to be in the presence of history and  to volunteer beside a group of Tuskegee Airmen . It was great to support the GPBS who is part of a media network that tells the history of our people, our nation and our heritage.

     In attendance was:  COL(RET) Dolores Hampton, first President of NABMW, COL(RET) Kathaleen Harris, Public Relations Officer and first Treasurer of NABMW; COL (RET) Laurie Brasher, current Treasurer, Chartered Life-time member; COL (RET) Harriet Staten, new member and Chairperson of NABMW first official chapter -- Atlanta-Metro Chapter; TSGT Helen Wheat, Air Force Veteran and Chartered Life-time Member; LTC (RET) Deborah Flournoy, Army, Regular Member; LTC Bonita Seals, Army; MSG Jacqueline Isaac;  MAJ Janice Brookins, Army; MAJ (RET) Margo Jefferson, Army, Regular member; CSM (RET) Rosa Pace, Army, Chartered Regular member; MSG Barbara Butts, Army; Cevonia Joshua, Army; Meschelle Curley, Army; Lydia Williams, Army; Ms Elsie Hacket, Associate member, Mrs Dena Freeman-Patton, Associate member, Master Cameron Patton - family member.