WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, today spoke at the Army’s Women’s History Month seminar recognizing the contributions of women in the Armed Forces. The following are Senator Inhofe’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
"It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to make a few remarks at this event recognizing Women’s History Month and, especially, the proud history of women in the United States military,” Senator Inhofe said. “It’s always an honor to speak in front of such an incredible group of Americans who have selflessly chosen to serve their country, especially during a time of war.
“Women serving with the U.S. military is not a new concept; they have proudly served our nation from the Revolutionary War period and the days of ‘Molly Pitcher,’ to female Soldiers driving Stryker vehicles or serving as fighter pilots on the front lines today. There are over 250,000 women currently serving in the military including over 27,000 deployed. They serve alongside, and now very often in front of male soldiers from all the services.
“I had the recent opportunity to meet an impressive young Air Force Major, Nicole Malachowski. Major Malachowski is a combat fighter pilot and the first female member of the Air Force Thunderbirds. In her spare time and in honor of the women veterans before her, Major Malachowski represents over 1,000 Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) from WW II who helped blaze the trail for our servicewomen today. I was amazed and humbled by her drive, determination and pride to serve her country. We are so blessed to have Servicewomen like her and like so many of you here today.
“As co-chair of the Senate Army Caucus, I’m proud to say that the first female four-star general in the United States is Army General Ann Dunwoody who will speak later today. As Commander of the Army’s Material Command, General Dunwoody plays a crucial role in ensuring our fighting force is properly equipped.
“On behalf of the Congress, we are indebted to you for your sacrifice and willingness to serve. We, in Congress, must remain committed to providing our Servicemen and women and our military’s future leaders with the best training and equipment available. Thank you again for your service and future service in the military and to our nation.”