Supporting the Women Marines Association

The Mission Never Stops It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself…Serve and thou shall be served. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson   The Women Marines Association (WMA) is a non-profit charitable 501(c)3 organization comprised of women who have or are…

WMA National President Birthday Greeting

FROM THE OFFICE OF RHONDA AMTOWER WMA National President 10 November 2018 243rd Birthday Greeting Marines and Loyal Escorts, As we join the celebration of our Corps’ 243rd Birthday we stop to realize that women have been a part of this proud history for 100 years.  Since 1918 when Opha May Johnson became the first…

Historic Leatherneck Drinks

A Toast for the Marine Corps Birthday Historic Leatherneck Drinks By Phillip Greene For as long as humans have engaged in military endeavors, they’ve also been known to bend the old elbow. In fact, the word “libation” is derived from the Greek spondai, which means “treaty.” After all, squeaky peace negotiations often required a little lubricant.…

CMC 243rd Birthday Message

10 November 2018 A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS As we celebrate our 243rd birthday, Marines remain in combat, forward-deployed throughout the world confronting every challenge with courage, loyalty, and faithfulness. Each year on this day, we renew our resolve to be the most ready when the Nation is least ready; we…

Parris Island hosts celebration of 4th Recruit Training Battalion 32nd Anniversary and Women’s Centennial

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. — MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT Parris Island, S.C. – MCRD PI will host a series of events Nov. 1 – 4, 2018 celebrating the 32nd Anniversary of 4th Recruit Training Battalion and the centennial marking 100 years of women serving in the Marine Corps. Schedule of events is as…

Celebrating 100 years of Service

Celebrating 100 years of Service by MysticStamp First Women Enlist In The Marines US #1013 was issued to honor the role of women in the armed services. On August 13, 1918, Opha Mae Johnson became the first woman to enlist in the US Marine Corps Reserve. According to legend, the first American female Marine may have been…

Moving Forward

Moving Forward 100 years and Counting By Rhonda Amtower 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…

2018 WMA Convention Courtesy Resolutions

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…

WMA Area 1 News

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…

Peg Brady WWII Marine

A 97-year-old Syracuse woman remembers her time in the U.S. Marines: ‘I just loved it’ One of the first female Marines looks back at the job she loved By Marnie Eisenstadt meisenstadt@syracuse.com         Liverpool, N.Y. — The moment that changed Peg Bandy’s life was 80 years ago. But she remembers it like it…