By MC3 Debra Daco, NMCB 3 Public Affairs
Ensign Alexis Anderson (center), assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, acts as Rear Adm. Grace Hopper during a Women’s History Month event. Four Seabees visited NMCB 3’s office spaces to act out the roles of important women in the military. Photo by MC3 Debra Daco
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 observed Women’s History Month by portraying past and present women in the military at Port Hueneme, Naval Base Ventura County, March 25.
Four Seabees visited NMCB 3’s office spaces to act out the roles of important women in the military. The observance aimed to show the contributions women have made for our country.
“There are many advantages to having women in the military. The most obvious of which is, there are many capable, bright, motivated women who have a lot to contribute alongside their male counterparts,” said Ensign Alexis Anderson, facilitator for NMCB 3’s Women’s Professional Development Group. “Despite many differences between men and women, moving forward, embracing those differences as strengths has been and will be vital to the military’s future.”
The “actors” introduced themselves as Chief Yeoman Loretta Walsh, the first woman to enlist in the military doing a job other than a nurse, Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, who helped develop computer systems, Equipment Operator Carmella Jones, the first female Seabee, and Capt. Katie Higgins, one of the first two female pilots to be selected as part of the Blue Angels.
According to Anderson, Women’s History month is important because it brings women together as a community. The performance showed the great things that women have already broken ground on and what women can do in the future.
The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. The force provides deployable battalions capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.