The National Association Of Black Military Women was founded by a group of 21 women in 1976 in Hampton Virginia. These women decided to have a reunion every two years and invite other black military women. It was then called the Black WAACs/WACs/Women in Service and was mainly Army veterans. As years went by many women from other services began coming to the reunions and in 1994 the group decided to have the organization charted. An Organizational Structure Commitee was formed and chaired by the late WWII Veteran Gladys Schuster Carter. In 1997 the organization was chartered in the state of Maryland and was officially named "The National Association of Black Military Women (formerly The Black WAAC/WAC/Women in Service).
Our structure consist of:
National Executive Level -
President, Vice President - Operations, Vice President Military Affairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Public Affairs Officer, Historian, Assistant Historian, Regional Chairpersons, and appointed officers (Membership Chairperson, Nomination Chairperson, Memorial Chairperson, Chaplan, Assistant Chaplan, and Special Advisors).
Regional Level -
North-East Region -- Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Central-East Region -- District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia
South-East Region -- Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee
North-Central Region -- Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
South-Central Region -- Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas
North-West Region -- Alaska, North California, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington
South-West Region -- Arizona, South California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming
Chapter Level - Local groups consisting of 10 or more NABMW members formed under one of the NABMW Regions and located in cities, towns, organizations etc...
Atlanta-Metro (ATL) -First Chapter of NABMW - Established January 2007 - Colonel (Retired) Elfreda Kirksey, President - South-East Region
Greater Hampton Roads Virginia (GHRV) -Established March 2008 - , President - Central-East Region
New York/New Jersey Metro (NYNJM) - Established March 2009 - Colonel Carol St. Pierre, President - North-East Region
Little Rock Arkansas - Established June 2011 - Latasha Ketchum, President - South-Central Region
Los Angeles Metro (LA) - Established November 2011 - COL Irma Cooper, President - South -West Region
Minneapolis Minnesotta (MMN) - Established April 2012 - Angela Hamilton, President - North-Central Region