The National Association of

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

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TO TELL "HERSTORY" and TELL IT WE SHALL
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HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS


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The First Black Female Soldier

"Hall of Fame Inductee"

 of the

 Military Intelligence Corp 

 


Dr. Doris "Lucki” Allen, PhD,

 Vietnam Veteran

 

Soldier *** Shero*** Scholar

Poet *** Mentor ***Psychologist

*** Trumpet Player***

 

   On June 26, 2009, Dr. Doris "Lucki" Allen will become a member of
one of the most exclusive organizations in the world: The Military
 Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame at Fort Huachuca, AZ . 
 
     The National Association of Black Military Women salutes
our very own DR. Doris "Lucki" Allen, PHD (First Official Chartered
Member & Life Member of the NABMW) for being selected as the
"First" Black Military Woman inductee to the Military
Intelligence Corp "Hall of Fame".  DR. Allen "Lucki" (as she
likes to be called) is a Vietnam Veteran, served over 30 years of
military service in US Army in the fields of Journalism,
Entertainment & Intelligence.  She is a "SHERO" in her own
right.
Click here to Take a look at HERSTORY!!!
 Let's all send a warm greetings, thank you and congratulations to Lucki

for being our SHERO,  for during her duty and for going beyond the scope

of what was expected.  You can contact her by sending an email to

 LAllen7909@aol.com  

LUCKI --   CONGRATULATIONS!!  WE LOVE YOU & THANK YOU FOR
YOUR HEROIC SERVICE OF YESTER YEARS, YOUR CONTINUED
SERVICE OF TODAY AND ALL OF THE TOMORROWS T0  COME.  GOD
BLESS.  YOUR NABMW SISTER SOLDIERS 

 Source:  Jonelyn Whales, NABMW 2009
Posted: Pre-Nov 11 Update

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US Navy Air Traffic Controller Retires After 22 Years of Service

 SENIOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICER FREDDA S. BRYAN

UNITED STATES NAVY

FEBRUARY 20, 1987 - MAY 31, 2009

  EMAIL  FREDDABRYAN @YAHOO.COM 

 Source:  Gladys Carter - 2009

Posted:  Pre- Nov 11 update


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US Navy Nurse Retires After 24 Years of Service

COMMANDER ANGELIA D. ELUM-O'NEAL

UNITED STATES NAVY

 1985 - 2009

 Commander Angelia D. Elum-O’Neal is a native of Houston, Texas and attended Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She was commissioned as an Ensign in 1985, via Officer Indoctrination School in Newport in Rhode Island.  She also holds a Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis in Education and Training Management from Old Dominion University.  After many challenging assignments with the US Navy, CDR Elum-O'Neal culminates her 24 year career as the Occupational Health Nurse Supervisor, BMC, Naval Station Norfolk.  She leads the Occupational Safety Programs which consist of Medical Surveillance, Certification Examinations, Reproductive Hazards, Occupational Illness, Case Management, Preventive Services, Health Promotions, and Process Improvements for a population of approximately 23,000 active duty and civilian personnel at 200 Commands onboard

Naval Station Norfolk.  Click here for more of HERSTORY.

Source:  Gladys Carter - 2009

Posted: Pre Nov 11 update


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WWII VETERANS HONORED BY THE US ARMY FREEDOM SALUTE PROGRAM  

      Alyce Dixon is 107 years old (2015)but you would never know it if you had the opportunity to sit down and talk to her.  On March 26, 2009 Dixon, Mary Crawford  Ragland and Gladys Schuster Carter (from L to R),  all members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, were honored by the U.S. Army’s Freedom Team Salute program during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.  Dixon is the oldest surviving member of the Battalion.  

"I felt like I was doing something worthwhile for my country when I was in the Army with the 6888th in Europe," said Dixon. "We had to find the Soldiers, and their units and route the mail to them.  I enjoyed the Army and I met a lot of nice people when I served overseas. The Army taught me discipline and to stop and think before making a decision."

"They sent us to Ft. Dix New Jersey, gave us our discharge papers, and sent us home," said Mary Crawford Ragland, the clerk of the 6888th, who joined the Army at the age of 17 after finishing high school. "There were no parades, no welcomes, no nothing."

"Honoring the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion with Commendations is long overdue," said the Army’s Colonel David Griffith, Director of Freedom Team Salute. "These were strong women who faced prejudice in the United States but still managed to complete their mission, putting their Country ahead of their own trials. They did not have the luxury of working with automation equipment to help them organize, sort and distribute the millions of letters and packages that had accumulated in airplane hangars and other places in Europe. They are a true American story that needs to be told."

Source:  The Hudson Valley Press        Click here for full story

Posted: Pre-Nov 11 Update

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was the only all African-American female Army unit to serve in Europe in World War II. They were honored with Army Freedom Team Salute Commendations. At 101 years old, Alyce Dixon is the oldest surviving member of the unit. Pictured are Alyce Dixon, Mary Crawford Ragland, and Gladys Schuster Carter.


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Woman Takes Command Of 369th Harlem Hell Fighters

 

 

 

COLONEL STEPHANIE DAWSON,  the first female brigade commander in New York Army National Guard history, took command of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, known as the Harlem Hellfighters because of the unit's daring conduct in World War I, in a Change-of-Command Ceremony in Nov. 16 2008.  COL Dawson is a Life Member of  the NABMW and the President of the newly formed New York City Chapter of the NABMW. 
Click here to read HERSTORY!!

 Congratulations on your new assignment & command.  We, your Sister Soldiers, family and Friends of the NABMW salutes you.  We are very proud of you and the path you have set for generations to follow. 

Source:  NewYork State Division of Military & Naval Affairs Media Announcement, NOV 2008 

Posted: Pre-Nov 11 Update

 


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"HURRICAN NABMW" TAKES SAVANNAH BY STORM...........................

THE NABMW CELEBRATED IT'S 2010 REUNION  IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA  DURING 18 - 22 AUGUST.  THE EVENT WAS CATEGORIZED AS A "3" AS SISTERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY SWOOPED IN FOR FIVE DAYS OF FUN AND FESTIVE COMRADERY,SO YOU'VE BETTER BE READY FOR 2012.

ATTENDING WERE OVER 180 BLACK MILITARY WOMEN FROM AROUND THE GLOBE, ALL ERAs (WWII TO PRESENT)AND AGES WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS.

WE HAD LOTS OF FUN & MET LOTS OF NEW SISTER SOLDIERS 


Note:  The National Association of Black Military Women web site supports the mission of the organization -- to seek out, tell and record the history of Black Military Women.  We use various public information tools (newspapers, web sites, books, documentaries, and other media avenues) to search out information on Black Military Women.  A lot of personal military history information is provided by the specific individuals through NABMW journal and membership.  We do not take responsibility for the validity of any information provided to us from these individuals or from public information postings from tools listed above.  The source of all information provided on this web site will be listed.  In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is displayed without profit or payment for those who have expressed an interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. Photos and images are from the National Archives, The Naval History Center, The U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Defense Visual Information Center, and the personal collections of many women and men. Nothing on this site is for sale nor is it a commercial venture of any kind - it is web site for, and about Black Military Women - by an organization of military women, family and friends who are committed to seeking out the history of Black Military Women who served our country.