30 Jul '18, 10am

#OTD in 1942, FDR established WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Women throughout the Navy, past and present, will celebrate the 71st anniversary of Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) July 30. Commands are encouraged to increase their knowledge and awareness of the contributions of women to our Navy. On July 27, more than 45 women gathered at a special WAVES anniversary event held in Virginia Beach, Va., to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Navy women, including two WAVES who served during World War II. The event, hosted by the Tidewater Tidal WAVES organization, has been held annually for more than 11 years. Navy participants included Senior Chief Yeoman Norma Schrader and Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Betty Allen, who both served as WAVES during World War II. "It has been an honor to meet women who served and laid the foundation for women in today's Navy," said Rear Adm. Ann Phillip...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=75662

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