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SOCOM leaders and their women Role Models
U.S. Special Operations Command personnel stood patiently and anxiously waited at USSOCOM headquarters for the results from a “Women's History Month” essay writing contest, March 7.

By: Tech. Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence - 3/9/2016

  • Five members of U.S. Special Operations Command pose for a group photo after announcing the first, second and third place winners of the “Most Influential Woman in your Life” essay competition, at MacDill AFB, Fla., March 7. The month of March is dedicated to Women’s History Month and the essay competition was a way that members of USSOCOM could recognize women who have made a significant impact in their lives personally and professionally. U.S. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - U.S. Special Operations Command personnel stood patiently and anxiously waited at USSOCOM headquarters for the results from a “Women's History Month” essay writing contest, March 7.

Evelyn Lachance, chief of knowledge management, USSOCOM, thought an essay competition recognizing influential women in the lives of Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel would be a great way to kick-off "Women's History Month."

"Women have always been the first role model a child comes in contact with; our mothers and other women in our lives have molded our character, taught us right from wrong, and loved us unconditionally," said Lachance.

Five members from the command submitted for the writing competition and the USSOCOM Booster Club donated $100 for the first, second, and third place winners.

Each participant was asked to write an essay on an influential woman in their life and was given a month to complete their essay.  The essays were judged on originality and most significant SOF impact tie.

"The first-place winner was awarded a $50 gift certificate, and the second and third place winners were awarded a $25 gift certificate."

Mary Ann Giese, chief information officer of strategic planning, was the USSOCOM first-place essay winner.  Giese wrote her essay about her mother, the person she attributes all her success to.

"My mother, Margaret Mary Leslie, never wore a cape, but without a doubt, she is my hero. She led our family and taught me leadership lessons that will last a lifetime," said Giese.

Giese included a few of those lessons in her essay - lessons that had great influence on her development as a leader.

Giese wrote, "It's not about you." Although her mother never said those words, she demonstrated by example her selflessness as she dedicated all her waking moments, time and energy to her eight children and husband.

Her other lessons included, "As a leader, you set the standards … you stay positive and keep the faith."

Women's History Month is dedicated to women who have made a difference in our personal and professional lives. In the month of March, we honor these women and their sacrifices.

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