PACIFIC OCEAN– Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) observed Women’s History Month with a celebration on the mess decks, April 2.
This year marked the 100th year anniversary of women enlisted in the Navy.
Nimitz’ multi-cultural committee (MCC) hosted the event and chose the theme “Trailblazing Women”. The underway celebration was intended to honor the women, past and present, who make a difference every day.
“This was about speaking about what women can and have overcome and what we have done,” said Quartermaster 3rd Class Stephanie Gortarez, a native of Abrams, Wisc. “We honored the women who have made a change or a difference in anything.”
The event included a musical performance, multiple poems meant to empower women, speeches focused on purpose, and women who trail blaze in today’s Navy and motivation.
“I think it was a very successful event and a lot of people came,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Luis Romero, a native of New York and the MCC president. “There was a standing ovation after nearly every presentation.”
The event was attended by both men and women from around the ship who recognize the attributes that female Sailors bring to service.
“Being a part of the celebration allows me to show to people that I really believe in this,” said Gortarez. “I base my song on what I want to get across. Yesterday my song was saying that no matter if you are a male or female, you can overcome anything.
Women make up 21% of Nimitz’ crew and 16.4% of the entire fleet.
“To continue making history, women need to do exactly what they are doing now,” said Romero.
Nimitz is currently underway performing COMPTUEX with the rest of CSG 11 in preparation for a 2017 deployment. COMPTUEX tests the mission readiness of the strike group’s assets through simulated real-world scenarios, and their ability to work together as a cohesive unit to complete the mission.