Advisory: Fort Lee observance honors trailblazing women

FORT LEE, Va. – Media are invited to attend a celebration of Women’s History Month here at the Lee Theater, March 29.
The program, themed “Honoring trailblazing women who have paved the way for generations,” will be hosted by the Combined Arms Support Command, Army Logistics University and the Defense Contract Management Agency and is open to the public.

WHAT: Women’s History Month Observance
WHO: Fort Lee personnel and the general public
WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Mar. 29
WHERE: Lee Theater

A number of military and civilian women from Fort Lee and the local community will be recognized during the event. The 392nd Army band also will perform.

Vivian R. A. Williams, director of Training Development for CASCOM, will be the featured speaker.

Williams, a 32-year career civil servant, serves as the activity career program manager for CP-32 Training and Education professionals at Fort Lee.

She began her civil service career as an education specialist intern at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School. Upon completion of her intern training in 1986, she was assigned to the Course Development Division in the QM School. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to the position of Doctrinal Literature Program Manager in the Program Management Office of DOTD.

Other significant career assignments include: director of Fort Lee Army Community Service, 1990-96; CASCOM deputy director and director of training support, January 2009 - December 2011; and director of academic services in the former Army Logistics Management College (now ALU), July 1999 - January 2009. Prior to entering federal civil service, she served as a deaf education teacher at the Southside Virginia Training Center and as an adjunct professor of education at Virginia State University.

Her education includes both a master’s in guidance and counseling, and a bachelors of science in special education from Virginia State University. In addition, she has attended the Army Management Staff College and completed Personnel Management for Executives I and II, and Continuing Education for Senior Leaders.

Women’s History Month is a national celebration honoring women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership. Born from the International Working Women’s Day that started in 1911, the first Women’s History Week was observed in 1978. In February 1980, then President Jimmy Carter issued the first proclamation for a national weeklong observance honoring women. The first Women’s History Month took place in 1987.

Media planning to attend must contact Sarah Gauvin at 804-734-6965, 804-400-7273 or sarah.r.gauvin.civ@mail.mil by 10 a.m., Wednesday to coordinate an escort to the event.
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Fort Lee Soldiers, families and civilian employees began a century of support to the nation in 1917 when Camp Lee was established to train the 80th Division for service during WWI. Today, Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army professionals in fields such as transportation, supply, culinary arts and equipment repair and maintenance. Major organizations on the installation include the Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, Combined Arms Support Command, the Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and U.S. Army Transportation School. Fort Lee supports nearly 86,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, family members and civilian employees and boasts an economic impact of about $2.4 billion per year.