June 2020 ABWA Luncheon with Col. Jenny Holbert
Join us at our June Luncheon!
June 17, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration and networking
12 p.m. – Lunch served and program commences
1:15 p.m. – Program adjourned and networking continues
At the NAC – Newtown Athletic Club
120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA 18940
Join us as we welcome our special guest speaker, Col. Jenny Holbert.
Hear from our amazing speaker this month – you won’t want to miss it!
During 30 years in the Marine Corps and reserves, Col. Jenny Holbert witnessed a revolution in women’s military service – and confronted the personal costs and professional perils of war. When Holbert enlisted in 1978, women at Parris Island, S.C., weren’t taught to shoot – but they were educated in luncheon etiquette and how to wear gloves and apply cosmetics. They weren’t supposed to wear camouflage.
During the first Gulf War, Holbert learned what it’s like to be the spouse left behind when a parent deploys. Her then husband, a Marine tank officer, was sent to Saudi Arabia after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Then a reservist, Holbert was called up to active duty and worked 14 to 16 hours a day. She managed 40 embedded military combat correspondents and oversaw 70 civilian reporters during the two-month battle to regain control of Fallujah. It was the most intense urban conflict American forces have faced since Vietnam, she said.
Holbert volunteered for the Iraq job partly because she wanted to experience the sounds and smells of war. Her father, a Marine World War II veteran, came back from the Pacific campaign with deep-seated psychological wounds. Holbert has more recently helped address the health needs of veterans, including help for those struggling with PTSD. In her retirement, she continues working with military and civilian agencies addressing the needs of combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more about Col. Holbert in this article.
Questions? Contact Susan Allen (susan@CapitalLegacyPA.com)
*Please RSVP for this event by 5PM Friday, June 12th – click here.
Space permitting, walk-ins are welcome.