News: Sisters in Arms
Story by Sgt. Jarrad Spinner
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Female soldiers from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted the inaugural meeting for the Sisters-in-Arms program at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Jan. 21.
The event allowed female soldiers from across the brigade to interact and get to know a little about each other, while promoting development and mentorship.
“The intent was a meet and greet to familiarize the ladies with the program,” said Maj. Tara Smith, Brigade Logistics Support Team Chief, 407th Army Field Support Brigade and event planner. “The next events will be more in-depth and topic based.”
The first Sister-in-Arms meeting in Brigade history started with an explanation of how the program will work followed by each Soldier introducing herself and what her job is.
Spc. Abbie Hunt, multichannel transmission system operator, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div., took advantage of the informal setting of the group.
“I like how we introduced ourselves; we got to found out who’s been in for 17 years, like sergeant Martin, that’s someone I can look up to, she seems really successful,” said Hunt.
Hunt also valued the incredible knowledge of her fellow female soldiers.
“I think it will help because it has all ranks and grades of females in the brigade so you can get mentorship from prior enlisted, non commissioned officers, who have been in army for a long time,” said Hunt. “They’ve seen a lot, they know what were going to go through and they can also tell their stories and teach us how they progressed.”
The sister in arms program will continue throughout 2nd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div.’s deployment as the brigade helps female soldiers share insights, build relationships, create career success, and maintain positive moral.
“It seems like a very good program to go in the Brigade, something positive and productive. It’s going to provide structure to a lot of people,” said Hunt.
The program will have a meeting every month that will be geared towards building confident, resilient female soldiers performing at their best as individuals and members of their units.