Sisters-in-Arms supports female members of Kaiserslautern Military Community
More than 30 female Soldiers, Airmen, civil service employees, and spouses were welcomed to empower one another at the inaugural “Sisters in Arms” meet and greet recently in Germany.
Sgt. 1st Class Tonya Price, 21st Theater Sustainment Command writes down how she relieves stress during the Sisters-in-Arms inaugural meet and greet, March 5, at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex.
3 photos: Sisters-in-Arms supports female members of Kaiserslautern Military Community
Photo 1 of 3: Sgt. 1st Class Tonya Price, 21st Theater Sustainment Command writes down how she relieves stress during the Sisters-in-Arms inaugural meet and greet, March 5, at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex. Download full-resolution version
Jennifer Streeter, 30th Medical Brigade SHARP Victim Advocate demonstrates with attendees of Sisters-in-Arms meet and greet how it is impossible to identify commonalities unless we are willing to share through a group activity, March 5 at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex.
3 photos: Sisters-in-Arms supports female members of Kaiserslautern Military Community
Photo 2 of 3: Jennifer Streeter, 30th Medical Brigade SHARP Victim Advocate demonstrates with attendees of Sisters-in-Arms meet and greet how it is impossible to identify commonalities unless we are willing to share through a group activity, March 5 at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex. Download full-resolution version
Staff Sgt. Emily Torres reaches for the weighted basket to demonstrate how through team work, she can help unload and carry the weight of her fellow Sisters-in-Arms, March 5 at the Sisters-in-Arms meet and greet located at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex.
3 photos: Sisters-in-Arms supports female members of Kaiserslautern Military Community
Photo 3 of 3: Staff Sgt. Emily Torres reaches for the weighted basket to demonstrate how through team work, she can help unload and carry the weight of her fellow Sisters-in-Arms, March 5 at the Sisters-in-Arms meet and greet located at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex. Download full-resolution version
Sgt. 1st Class Tonya Price, 21st Theater Sustainment Command writes down how she relieves stress during the Sisters-in-Arms inaugural meet and greet, March 5, at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex.
Jennifer Streeter, 30th Medical Brigade SHARP Victim Advocate demonstrates with attendees of Sisters-in-Arms meet and greet how it is impossible to identify commonalities unless we are willing to share through a group activity, March 5 at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex.
Staff Sgt. Emily Torres reaches for the weighted basket to demonstrate how through team work, she can help unload and carry the weight of her fellow Sisters-in-Arms, March 5 at the Sisters-in-Arms meet and greet located at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – More than 30 female Soldiers, Airmen, civil service employees, and spouses from Kaiserslautern to Belgium, were welcomed to empower one another at the inaugural “Sisters in Arms” meet and greet, March 5, at the Armstrong's Club on Vogelweh housing complex.

U.S. Army NATO Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Bernadette Phillips, hosted the event that offered female attendees the opportunity to network and fellowship while providing a platform for open dialog and mentorship opportunities.

“Today’s meet and greet helped us to see if there was a need for this type of program in our area,” Phillips said.

Phillips shared in her opening remarks how platforms like SIA impacts communities and change the formalities of how dialogue between ranks serves as mentorship tools.

“Where I’m sitting today, I’m the only female, my peers are male,” Phillips said. “Some days I look around and realize I don’t have another female around to talk with, or hang out with. I’m here to share, you are not alone. The mentorship available and years of experience in this room alone is why SIA is needed and valued. Where else could you have the opportunity for a female PFC and female CSM openly discuss life concerns or career guidance.”

Attendees of the event participated in group activities that centered on identifying commonalities amongst diversity and individual brainstorming activities that focused on destressing in stressful environments.

“You could tell the atmosphere was very supportive,” said Kryssy Dunford, 21st Theater Sustainment Command family readiness support assistant. “We all carry different burdens life weighs on us, today showed attendees we all have stress and surprisingly many of us manage it in the same way.”

Sgt. 1st Class Theodosia Monroe, drove four hours from SHAPE, Belguim to attend the SIA meet and greet. Monroe was a member of “Female to Female,” a ministry group at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

“I was hoping today’s event would offer me the same mentorship and networking opportunities I had available at previous bases,” Monroe said. “I was happy to learn about future events with SIA. Today was definitely worth the drive.”

Phillips closed the event by saying that the meet and greet was just the start of what she hopes the program will develop into.

“We asked for feedback from our attendees to see how we can move forward in the future to make sure Sisters-in-Arms doesn’t become another bumper sticker but something that really coaches and counsels female Soldiers, spouses and civilians,” Phillips said.

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