7th SC(T) hosts Women’s History Month

The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and the Fort Gordon community observed Women’s History Month during an Honoring Trailblazing Women program Thursday.


The event, held in Alexander Hall, featured singing, recognition of local trailblazing women, and special remarks. The 7th Signal Command (Theater) organized and sponsored this year’s program.

Maj. Mary Fisch, command judge advocate, 7th SC(T), read from President Trump’s Women’s History Month proclamation.

“We honor those outstanding women whose contributions to our nation, life, culture, history, economy and families have shaped us and helped us fulfill our promise,” she said, quoting the president.

Sophia Andrews, a 16-year-old sophomore at Grovetown High School, performs “Beautiful” (a song made famous by Christina Aguilera), as a part of the March 23 Women’s History Month program in Alexander Hall. PHOTOS BY BILL BENGTSON / FORT GORDON PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICERetired Maj. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper, former commanding general, 7th SC(T), served as the guest speaker.

“I challenge you to look around at what is normal today that was impossible, and see what needs to be changed,” she said.

Napper also challenged the audience by asking, “How can you make that change?”

“Like the women we recognized (who are) making changes in their communities that will last a lifetime,” she added.

Command Sgt. Maj. Kristine Purnell , CSM, 7th SC(T), praised 11 local trailblazing women honored during the awards segment of the ceremony.

“This year’s Department of Defense theme, “Honoring Trailblazing Women,” highlights women who have successfully broken down barriers and changed the role of women not only in the military, but the government sector and military families,” she said.

Brig. Gen. Welton Chase, Jr., commanding general, 7th SC(T), presented awards to the following women:

Tiffany Boecker, Cadet Sgt. Maren Cooper, Sgt. Kristen Fleig, Lakeisha Lsham, Sandra Jackson, Sgt. 1st Class Marlena Koerner, Rhonda McDaniel, Staff Sgt. Shawna Robles, Margaret-Ann Simpson, Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Slaughter, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cynthia Thomas.

Sophie Andrews paid tribute with her rendition of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.”

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