(This is Women’s Military History Week)…It was declared by Governor Brown.
The week is dedicated to the women who have sacrificed and who continue to sacrifice and serve in the nation’s defense. The first known woman to serve in the US Armed Forces was Deborah Sampson of Massachusetts, who disguised herself as a man to serve in the Revolutionary war. Women became a permanent part of the Armed Forces through the Women’s Armed Services Act of 1948. Before that, women served as Auxiliaries in times of war. In 2008, Ann Dunwoody of the Army became the first woman to be promoted to five star General, the highest military rank.