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    Purposeful Mentorship: Empowering Women in the Military

    Women's 'Unity Rise' Mentorship

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Dahnyce Baucom | U.S. Soldiers assigned to 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) host a Women's 'Unity...... read more read more

    Eglin Air Force Base, Florida – 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Captain Paola Mbula serves as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Group Support Battalion S-1 shop. Beyond her operational responsibilities, Mbula spearheads a transformative initiative known as the Unity Rise Women’s Mentorship Program.
    “I have always aimed to contribute to something bigger than myself, and upon joining the Group Support Battalion 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), I recognized the significant need for this program. This realization inspired me to establish a program aimed at supporting women in both their professional and personal development” said Mbula.
    The program, aptly named Unity Rise, seeks to create an environment where Soldiers actively contribute to the professional development and overall well-being of women in the military. Its mission extends beyond mentorship sessions; it is a commitment to fostering relationships, enhancing unit cohesion, and cultivating the distinctive camaraderie that characterizes the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
    “This program is significant to me and its members because it provides a platform for support, empowerment, and growth tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women” says Mbula. “Additionally, it fosters a community where women can inspire, learn from each other, and collectively strive for success.”
    The essence of Unity Rise lies in its commitment to empowerment. By offering guidance, support, and encouragement, the program aims to equip women with the tools needed to reach their aspirations and unlock their full potential. Mbula emphasizes the importance of fostering an environment where every soldier, regardless of gender, feels seen, heard, and valued.
    “I would encourage Soldiers interested in joining this program to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to connect with a supportive community, gain mentorship, develop skills, and contribute to the empowerment and success of female Soldiers within the organization” said Mbula.
    The mentorship sessions are more than just forums for professional growth; they serve as a cornerstone for building unity and esprit de corps within the Group Support Battalion. Mbula envisions a force where women not only excel individually but also contribute significantly to the collective strength of the entire unit.
    “My intent for this program is to offer a fulfilling experience where you can both learn and impart wisdom, build lasting connections, and contribute to a more inclusive and supportive environment for women” said Mbula. “This for me is a chance to grow personally and professionally while making a positive impact on the lives of others.”



    Date Taken: 03.07.2024
    Date Posted: 03.08.2024 10:32
    Story ID: 465638
    Location: US

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