Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Erin Hamilton

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) attended a ceremony honoring Women’s History Month, March 21.

The ceremony, held in the ship’s forecastle, was coordinated by Stennis’ Multi-Cultural Committee and focused on celebrating women of character, courage, and commitment.

Bremerton’s mayor, Patty Lent, was the guest speaker and spoke about the impact women have made in history.

“Today we [women] have more opportunity than ever because the women before us took risks in a troubled society,” said Lent. “I continue to work every day with strength, wisdom and courage because of the women who came before me.”

Stennis’ command chaplain, Cmdr. Yolanda Gillen, spoke about the influence her mother has had on her life .

“Seeing my mother [dealing with adversity] while I was a young girl helped me realize that regardless of what happens in your life, you can overcome it,” said Gillen.

When asked about the importance of the ceremony, Lent said it “reminds us that we can navigate better with a team of both men and women.”

For more information on the impact women have made in the Navy visit www. history.navy.mil.

For more news from USS John C. Stennis visit http://www.stennis.navy.mil or http://www.facebook.com/stennis74.

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