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    Retired general gives life advice

    Retired General speaks to female Soldiers

    Photo By Pfc. Susan Blair | Retired Brig. Gen. Clara L. Adams-Ender, gives a motivational speech during breakfast...... read more read more



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    2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs

    Pfc. Susan Blair, 2BCT PAO, 82nd ABN DIV

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - "Look out world! Here I come again!" exclaimed Clara L. Adams-Ender, a retired brigadier general.

    "How you greet your day will determine how the rest of your day will go," she said opening her speech, which set the mood for the rest of the breakfast.

    The All-American Chapter of the ROCKS Inc. (an organization of retired officers which provides mentorship to armed forces officers) hosted an all-female mentorship breakfast which was open to all female soldiers on Fort Bragg, July 11th at the Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division dining facility. Adams-Ender gave a speech which was full of life lessons that will help soldiers with self-development.

    Adams-Ender served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1993. She entered as a private in 1959 and became a commissioned officer in the Nurse Corps. in 1961. In 1991, she was appointed the Deputy Commanding Officer for the Military District of Washington as well as the, Commanding General of Fort Belvoir, Va.

    After a full career, Adams-Ender has a lot of advice to give to females in the military.

    She encouraged the female soldiers to write down a list of three things that they're going to accomplish by the end of the day, as a way to better themselves and help with organization.

    "It's all about self-development," she said.

    Along with making the list, Adams-Ender also said that she makes it a point to learn something new everyday, as well as do at least one good deed everyday as part of her own self-development process.

    "I have to do something to help somebody out everyday," said Adams-Ender.

    As well as giving advice on personal growth, Adams-Ender provided words of encouragement by telling the female paratroopers that one way or another they make a contribution to the world that no one else can make whether it be helping someone out or providing knowledge to someone.

    "You make a contribution no one else can provide," she proclaimed during her speech.

    Adams-Enders" speech provided motivation for the female paratroopers.

    "It was motivating and inspiring," said Sgt. Toya Rivers, personal administration center clerk, for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Abn Div. "I loved it,"

    Rivers said she was also glad that she had the opportunity to hear a former female Brig. Gen. speak because of the motivation it gave her.

    Adams-Ender was also proud of the female soldiers.

    "I'm happy you are here and serving today," said Adams-Ender.



    Date Taken: 07.14.2006
    Date Posted: 07.14.2006 12:28
    Story ID: 7186
    Location: FORT BRAGG, NC, US 

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