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First Lady Michelle Obama is very vocal about supporting service members and it is one of the platforms she is heavily involved in. On July 23, 2010 she became the first-ever presidential spouse to christen a new U.S. Coast Guard cutter during a ceremony held in Pascagoula, Miss. USCGC Dorothy C. Stratton, is a cutter named after the first woman to serve as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Coast Guard.
First Lady Michelle Obama had the following inspirational words to share:
As a woman, and as a mother of two daughters, as an American, I stand in awe of Dorothy Stratton’s life of service. And after all these years later, all of us — whether you’re a woman or a man, Coast Guard or another service, whether you’re military or civilian — every American can be inspired by her example.
To so many of those young women, she became their mentor; she became their champion and their inspiration. And she built them into a proud 11,000-strong Coast Guard Women’s Reserve. During her service, Stratton laid the groundwork to break down the barriers of women’s service in the military and left in its wake a legacy that lives today. It also freed a new generation of women to believe in themselves — as radio operators, air traffic controllers, parachute riggers and machinists. These women were strong, independent, confident,” she said.
After World War II, it would be another 30 years before women started to be fully admitted into the Coast Guard and other services. Now they serve as an integral and indispensable part of the military. Today, women not only serve on ships, they command them; serve as Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. They have proven their courage in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today it is absolutely clear for all to see that women in uniform are indispensable to the American military.”
Women in the military have come a long way and it is empowering to see the First Lady take such an active role in supporting all troops and drawing attention on all the work that women in the military have accomplished.