by 1st Lt. Kay M. Nissen
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
3/24/2014 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Members
of Osan Air Base teamed up with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
to make tribute to women in the military March 21.
The highest ranking military female in the Republic of Korea, Rear Adm.
Lisa M. Franchetti, attended the event as the key note speaker and
ceremoniously dedicated a wall to women in the service.
"In order for our military to attract and retain the best and brightest
service members, the nation requires the contributions of both men and
women in our ranks," said Franchetti, who also serves as commander of
Naval Forces Korea. "When I reflect on this women's history month...I
think about the men and women who fought for the right for every
American to serve our nation in uniform."
VFW Post 10216 provided the means for Osan members to dedicate a wall to
women in the service. Master Sgt. Karijean Hall, 51st Logistics
Readiness Squadron Asset Management Section Chief, aided the VFW in
completing the project.
"I was really excited when I was first approached about the subject of
creating the wall," said Hall. "I think this was a great opportunity to
highlight women's contributions to war effort and recognizing those
women that also fought for freedom."
The central photo of the wall depicts President Harry Truman signing of
the Women's Integration Act of 1948, which allowed women to permanently
service in the armed forces. Other surrounding photos memorialize women
that served in the Korean War.
"I also think about the women who served before me, those who mentored
me and those I looked up to as role models because these women were the
trailblazers on the long journey for more equality and expanded
opportunities for women to serve in the U.S. military," said Franchetti.
"All of us wearing the cloth of our nation today are benefactors of
their service and their sacrifice. And through their contributions, we
have become the strongest and the most capable military the world has
The wall dedication coincided with women's history month which is themed
"Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment."