Celebrating the life of a woman

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kali L. Gradishar
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Monthly, weekly and daily observations hold a purpose - from raising awareness on a life-threatening disease to honoring the history of a heritage.

March is National Women's History Month, geared toward honoring the noble sacrifices and steps women in the past have made, as well as women in the present who continue to make them.

"The theme of the month is 'Women's Art, Women's Vision.' We see a woman's everyday careers as their art and their vision," said Maj. Michelle Link, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron mental health flight commander. "This month we want to honor the multiple dimensions of a woman's life."

This annual month-long observation hosts a heap of events at Fairchild, specifically for the military women from the past and in the present.

A photography contest was held to kick off the month, said Major Link. The photos will be judged on how well the photographer portrays the military woman in what she does every day. The winners will be announced at the following event, the Women's History Tea scheduled for March 20 at Club Fairchild at 2 p.m. The cost for the tea is $11.60 for Club Fairchild members and $13.60 for non-members.

The tea will include a musical number and skit performed by women of Team Fairchild and remarks from guest speaker Mari Clack, a local leader of the Spokane Women Helping Women Fund.

"There will be some lighthearted entertainment at the tea. We will take the time to celebrate women who make sacrifices every day to support freedom - including those who may not be recognized with the awards and honors," Major Link noted. "The tea will allow time to relax and enjoy for a moment as we acknowledge what women do in support of our nation."

In addition to the Women's History Tea, there will be a Women's History Fun Run March 28 at 11:30 a.m. to conclude National Women's History Month. The run, organized by Greg Reynolds and Celestine Kuntz, both from the base Health and Wellness Center, will start near the base Fitness Center. Participants are also welcome to walk.

"It's very important to set aside some time in remembrance and celebration of women's history," Major Link acknowledged. "The month is a good reminder for us to pause and reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of women from all walks of life, especially military women from the lowest-ranking to the highest-ranking Airmen.