5k run at JBPHH honors Women's History Month

Participants run in the 5K event at JBPHH. (Photo by David D. Underwood)

03/20/15

By David D. Underwood Jr., Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

This month’s Women’s History Month observance at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam began with a 5k run March 12. The run started at the Missing Man Formation behind the Historic Hickam Officer’s Club, and went to Porter Gate and back.

Gen. Lori J. Robinson, commander, Pacific Air Forces made opening comments before the run, and received a T-shirt bearing this year’s theme, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” The shirt was presented by 2nd Lt. Kellie Dowling , 647th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

This year’s event was hosted by the Women’s History Month Committee and put together by Master Sgt. Chandra Lewis, 747th Communications Squadron.

“The purpose was to celebrate women’s history and collect food for the YWCA,” said Lewis.

Anyone was eligible to participate — military, civilian, and families.

Dowling said the event went very well.

“I was happy to have Gen. Robinson come out and speak,” Dowling said.

She added that it was a great turnout.

“A lot of people came out to support women’s history,” Dowling said.

Senior Airman Amori Colbert, 37th Intelligence Squadron said that it was very motivational. “People did great participating for the cause,” she said.

March is proclaimed Women’s History Month to show appreciation and pay tribute to women who have made an impact in society.

What began as Women’s History Week in 1982, became a month-long observance in 1987, and Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have continued this tradition by signing annual proclamations during the month of March.

For more information on women’s history, click here.

 

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