SURFPAC Celebrates Women’s History Month
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” –Louisa May Alcott
March is designated as national Women’s History Month with the 2012 theme, “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.” The U.S. Navy took this opportunity to honor the contributions women have made both in the service and in U.S. history.
CDR Jennifer Ellinger, commanding officer of guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), was the featured guest speaker during the Women’s History Month celebration March 26 at Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Earlier this year, CDR Ellinger responded to a distress call from the master of an Iranian fishing dhow who claimed he was being held captive by pirates. Within 24 hours, USS Kidd assisted in freeing 13 Iranian fishermen and taking 15 pirates into custody.
Today, nearly every community in the Navy is open to female Sailors. There are more than 54,000 active duty women and more than 10,000 female reservists currently serving in the Navy—amounting to over 17 percent of the force.