U.S. Army Europe honors 'phenomenal' women

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
March 1, 2011

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe selected 13 women for their positive impacts within their communities to kick-off Women's History Month observations in March.

The honorees are:

  • Ansbach: Catherine (Cackie) Howe
  • Bamberg: Meagan Martin
  • Baumholder: Nancy Sisson
  • Grafenwoehr: Nicole Barnard
  • Hohenfels: Priscilla Fleischer
  • Kaiserslautern: Crystal Curran
  • Landstuhl: SFC Angela Nicole Martin
  • Mannheim: Myriam McClellan
  • Schweinfurt: Latassha Doyle
  • Stuttgart: Laurie Menzel
  • Vicenza: Julia Sibilla
  • Vilseck: Christina Vaughn
  • Wiesbaden: Michelle Wicker

Christi Ham, wife of USAREUR Commanding General Carter Ham, called on senior leader spouses to nominate a woman from each of their communities for the first "USAREUR Phenomenal Woman Scroll of Impact."

The purpose not only serves as an observance of Women's History Month, but also "highlights those women who are making history now during Women's History Month," Christi Ham said. "Not that these selectees are the 'most' phenomenal in our communities -- but they stand to represent the kinds of sisters living amongst us," she continued. "Their selection recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of many. Hence, I don't view it as selecting winners, I view it as selecting strong examples of the kinds of folks we have with us."

The Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program -- an Army-wide program designed to increase the resilience and enhance the performance of Soldiers, Family members and Army civilians -- was the guideline for the submissions.

Using the CSF five dimensions of strength (family, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual), nominators considered how the attributes of the individual selectees have contributed to three or more of the five pillars in their military communities.

"It's not easy to narrow the selection to one," Ham said. "You can find yourself and those you volunteer with amongst these names because it takes an incredible team effort for any of us to accomplish what we do for our communities."

The submissions included military spouses, active duty and reserve Soldiers and Army civilians. Selectees' nomination narratives are available on the USAREUR website at www.eur.army.mil/women.

In 1981, Congress established National Women's History Week. Since 1987, when the week was expanded to a month, a special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year, which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

The Women's History Month 2011 theme is "Our History is Our Strength."