(Via Ho’okele News)
An event marking Women’s History Month was held March 26 at Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The featured speaker at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel event was Rear Adm. Alma M. Grocki, deputy chief of staff for fleet maintenance, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Grocki was the first woman from Hawaii appointed to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree. She leads and directs maintenance efforts and programs for Pacific Fleet surface ship and submarine assets to support the fleet’s warfighter mission.
Grocki discussed growing up in Kalihi, her experiences at the Naval Academy and her career as a Navy officer. She also talked about taking time away from active duty service, transferring to the Navy Reserves so she could have a family. Grocki stressed the importance of work-life balance.
“You can have what you want,” she said. “You just can’t have it all at once.”
Women’s History Month originated in 1981 when the U.S. Congress requested the president to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as Women’s History Week. Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as Women’s History Week.
In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the president to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.
Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.
The presidential proclamation declaring March 2014 Women’s History Month, stated, “Throughout our nation’s history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy.
They have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan. During Women’s History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today.”