March is Women’s History Month, an opportunity to recognize and reflect on the many contributions of women today and throughout history. Central to this occasion is International Women’s Day on March 8, which commemorates women’s bravery and achievements around the world.
The history of the U.S. military to the present day has been marked by the achievements of countless brave women. From Clara Barton’s service as a nurse during the Civil War and the commitment of Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, the first female four-star general, to those trailblazing women who graduated from the elite Army Ranger School in 2015, women have served, fought and sacrificed for our nation’s security and prosperity.
Women play many pivotal roles in the defense of our country. They contribute as active duty service members, as members of the National Guard and Reserves, as civil servants, as contractors, and as spouses, parents, children and friends of those who serve. It is vitally important that we recognize and pay tribute to the myriad invaluable sacrifices and service of women to our national security.
The member organizations within the US Family Health Plan Alliance are honored to provide accessible, high quality health care to military families and veterans—and especially to the women who are such a critical component of America’s military community.
Visit the Department of Defense’s website for an interactive history of women’s contributions to the U.S. military over time.