CORONADO, CALI. -- BMU-1 joined the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month on March 27. The 2015 theme of “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” gives the opportunity to show how women’s stories, both individually and collectively, are essential to the fabric of our nation’s history.
CDR Jessica O’ Brien, Executive Officer, introduced the guest speaker, retired Navy Counselor Master Chief Petty Officer Laura Paquian.
Ms. Paquian currently serves as the Veteran Student Services Coordinator at University of San Diego. She liaises between the Veteran students and University Faculty and Administration. During her 30 years in the Navy, Retired Master Chief Paquian served in various roles, such as a fireman, personnelman, and finally as a Navy Career Counselor. She retired in July 2012 at Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific.
NCCM (ret.) Paquian highlighted the achievements of distinguished women throughout our nation’s history. Since 1987, Women's National History Month has commemorated the diverse contributions women have made, and continue to make, to our nation. Today, more than 68,000 women serve in the Navy, 19% of the force. Women comprise 25% of the Navy civilian work force. She encouraged BMU-1 sailors to take advantage of every opportunity that is available in the Navy. She concluded her Women's History Month presentation by reflecting on the sacrifice and achievement of all the women who have served in with the United States Navy - past, present and future.