JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – March is Women’s History Month, a time to commemorate and celebrate the vital role of women in American history. We invited women from the #IAMIMSC team to tell us a bit about themselves and their perspective on the importance of Women’s History Month.
Meet Kelley Daniels, she is the governance program manager with the Natural Disaster Recovery Division of the Air Force Civil Engineering Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
Daniels, who has worked with the Air Force for a year and a half, contributes to Air Force lethality and readiness by “facilitating the flow of information between leaders of the base and our partners through weekly, monthly and quarterly briefs as part of rebuilding Tyndall AFB as the facility of the future.
Here are more from Daniels:
Why do we need a Women’s History Month?
I think it’s important to keep in mind where we come from and where we want to go, to keep challenging ourselves and improving.
Tell us about a colleague or friend you admire?
I am fortunate to be surrounded by a number of women that I admire, one in particular Kathryn McClatchy. She lives with a debilitating disease and depends on service dogs for her very survival, but she continues to reinvent herself to achieve her goals and be a role model of how we should seize every opportunity by the horns and achieve our goals. His tenacity and determination are incredible and I really admire him.
Who do you see as a good historical female role model and why?
There are so many historical women who deserve to be role models, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, but one woman who has recently emerged as someone to emulate is Malala, the Pakistani woman who was shot by the Taliban as she advocated for girls’ education. It demonstrates the audacity, the courage that we all need to do what it takes… to speak out against injustices and defend others, even when it costs us something. I applaud all women who use their influence sacrificially to benefit those in need.
What would you say to a little girl in primary school about what she can accomplish as an adult?
My advice would be to not think in terms of can I do this or that, think in terms of what you need to do to achieve your goals. Should you study math or science to become an astronaut? Do you have to take writing lessons to become a globe-trotting journalist? Every step you take now to prepare will bring you that much closer to achieving your goals sooner rather than later. You can do whatever you want, but you must be prepared to do the work required.
If you could have a conversation with your 6 year old, what would you say?
Don’t be afraid to dream. Dream big! Hang on to adults who embrace your imagination and ask them for advice on how to accomplish these things. Then follow their advice and make your dreams come true.
Do you have anything else to add?
I appreciate that the Air Force gives us the opportunity to applaud and celebrate women. We need more opportunities to congratulate ourselves and say, “You’re doing a great job, so thank you.