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Women's History Month honored in the Minnesota Guard

The Minnesota National Guard honors its women in uniform as part of Women's History Month

Women in the Minnesota National Guard have contributed greatly to the success of missions over the years From the beginning of women's entry into the military, through the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1941, to the full integration of women into the National Guard, women have continually met and exceeded standards and helped shape the mold of modern-day Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen

Many women worked through stereotypes in everything from training to uniforms to operations, and paved the way for the current role of women in the Guard

"One of the things I can remember is we used to have PT," said Col April Corniea "We would put on light-green shorts, a light green blouse " not a T-shirt, a blouse " with a wraparound skirt and white tennis-shoes-And that was our PT outfit"

Col Corniea was able to find humor in the stereotypical "woman's" uniform

"It was funny We laugh about it now, some of us that were around at that point in time, but that's what we had"

Through the years, women continually made the same sacrifices that men made They made these sacrifices not only with aspirations of earning an equal status with men, but more importantly, with the goal of completing all missions with a standard of excellence

"It's never been about me," said Command Sgt Maj Patricia Ibberson "It's always been about the Soldiers who I work with and take care of"

"Right now, with the deployments, half of my Soldiers are overseas Half of them are here They are pretty much my life My family takes a backseat a lot of times, just because of what has to be done here," said Command Sgt Maj Ibberson

Women continue to do what needs to be done in their Guard lives With 1,971 in the Minnesota National Guard, women account for 172% of the Minnesota Air Guard and 151% of the Minnesota Army Guard However, most of them do not see themselves as any different from their male counterparts

"I never thought about it as "˜oh, I'm a female,'"said 1st Lt Andrea Ourada "I just thought about it as "˜I'm a Soldier This is my job' So I just challenge myself to be the best Soldier I can be, because I have a job to do"

By Cpl Joe Roos March 27, 2007

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