100 years and Counting
By Rhonda Amtower
Rhonda Amtower WMA National President 2018 – 2020
What a fabulous celebration we experienced at our recent Biennial Convention and Professional Development Symposium as we commemorated 100 years of women’s service in the Marine Corps. We turned the corner on a historic and successful 100 year run as women in the Corps. During the convention we recognized the incredible achievements and history that we as Marines have made during the last 100 years. WMA is a key part of promoting and preserving that history, having been a part of this for 58 of the 100 illustrious years. Just like Opha May Johnson is a key part of our legacy of the history of women in the Marine Corps, WMA too plays a key role in that legacy and we can all step up and be like Opha May, be the first, open more doors to pave the way for women in the future. Whether we be Veteran Marines or on active duty we can all play a part in making history today for our future of tomorrow.
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2018 COURTESY RESOLUTIONS
WHEREAS THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE WOMEN MARINES ASSOCIATION (WMA) AND THE 30TH BIENNIAL WMA CONVENTION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM; AND
WHEREAS THE 2018 CONVENTION IS DEDICATED TO THE WOMEN MARINES’ 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND TO ALL WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED IN THIS LEGACY; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED THAT THE ASSOCIATION WISHES TO EXPRESS OUR GENUINE AND HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO:
- THE MAYOR OF WASHINGTON, DC, THE HONORABLE MURIEL BOWSER, FOR HER GREETING TO THE WOMEN MARINES ASSOCIATION IN HONOR OF THEIR 100 YEARS OF SERVICE;
- THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA GOVERNOR, THE HONORABLE RALPH NORTHAM, FOR PROCLAIMING WOMEN MARINE CENTENNIAL WEEK AND FOR TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR WOMEN MARINES PUBLICLY WITH BOTH A LETTER OF WELCOME AND A CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION;
- THE DIRECTOR OF THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, WASHINGTON, DC, MR. ELY S. ROSS, FOR A LETTER OF WELCOME;
- THE GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND, THE HONORABLE LARRY HOGAN, FOR CONGRATULATING AND WELCOMING THE WOMEN MARINES TO THE GREAT STATE OF MARYLAND THROUGH HIS PROCLAMATION;
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The Women Marines Association
Area 1 News
Submitted by Jamie DePaola
What a great time we had at the National Convention in Washington, D.C. to celebrate 100 years of women in the Corps! We had over 30 hard – charger Marines representing all six chapters from Area 1. Most were new to WMA so we arranged to sit together at the banquets and get to know one another as a team. It was a very unique and memorable opportunity, indeed. We also combined forces for a PX table and enjoyed more camaraderie. Continue Reading »
The Thin Line of Tradition
The traditions of the Marine Corps, its history, its flags, its uniforms, its insignia—the Marine Corps way of doing things—make the Corps what it is [and set it distinctively apart from other military organizations and services].
These traditions give the Marine Corps its flavor, and are the reason why the Corps cherishes its past, its ways of acting and speaking, and its uniforms. These things foster the discipline, valor, loyalty, aggressiveness, and readiness, which make the term ” ‘Marine’ … signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.”
One writer on Marine traditions nailed down their importance in [the following] words: “As our traditions, our institutions, and even our eccentricities—like live coral—develop and toughen, so the Corps itself develops and toughens.”
And remember: whenever the Marine Corps is impoverished by the death of a tradition, you are generally to blame. Traditions are not preserved by books and museums, but by faithful adherence on the part of all hands—you especially.
—”The Marine Corps Officer’s Guide,” 1964 edition