Ramstein hosts Women’s History Month

by 786 Civil Engineer Squadron

Women’s History Month commemorates and encourages the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history such as:

Esther Blake, the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Air Force in 1948.

Maj. Gen. Marcelite J. Harris, the first African-American female general officer of the U.S. Air Force and, prior to her retirement in 1997, the highest-ranking female officer in the U.S. Air Force and the highest ranking African-American woman in the Department of Defense.


Col. Jacqueline Cochran, the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic Ocean and the first female pilot to break the sound barrier in 1953.

These are but a few of the incredible women whose accomplishments and contributions to our service and our country are celebrated throughout the month of March.

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed a law authorizing and requesting the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.”  Throughout the next five years, 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 passed another law designating the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”

To honor Women’s History Month, Ramstein Air Base is hosting the following events:

March 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m.: High School STEM Lunch & Learn

Women leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics focused career fields will provide mentorship to young women at Ramstein High School by setting up information booths for each field. In addition to the STEM-focused information booths there will be mentors from Security Forces, Intelligence, Communications, Dental, Biomedical Equipment and Body Building.

March 27, 11 a.m. to noon: Women’s History Month Luncheon

A luncheon will be held in the Ramstein Officer’s Club Daedalian Room to honor the women who have paved the way in both the United States military and in aviation history. A panel of women leaders in various rank categories will discuss their experiences and perspectives throughout their careers and will answer questions from the audience.

March 27, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Story Time at the Vogelweh Library

Volunteers will read books and host activities for elementary aged children. The activities and stories are focused on notable women and their contributions throughout history.

March 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Story Time at the Ramstein Library

Volunteers will read books and host activities for elementary-aged children. The activities and stories are focused on notable women and their contributions throughout history.

March 29, Fitness and Nutrition Event at the Ramstein Gyms

The Women’s History Month Committee will be hosting Yoga, Tabata, Zumba, an Alpha Warrior Rig, and more centered on fitness and nutrition. The classes will be held at both the Ramstein Southside Fitness Center and North Side Fitness Center and the schedule
is TBD.