Women in the military

2013 Women Veteran Summit

Greater Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Broadway - Tacoma, WA 98402

June 29, 2013

Washington State Women Military Veterans are encouraged to plan on attending the Women Veterans Summit
to be held Saturday, June 29th from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, in Tacoma, WA.

This free conference will provide women veterans with information about opportunities and challenges
women veterans face today, as well as information on benefits and services they might be entitled to.

REGISTER FOR FREE TODAY! Registration has closed.

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For more information Barb Logan barb@dva.wa.gov 360-725-2227


Special Guests

Rebecca HalsteadBrigadier General Rebecca Halstead (US Army, Ret) http://www.beckyhalstead.com/,sponsored by Standard Process, served 27 years with the U.S. Army and retired in 2008 as a General Officer. She culminated her career as the Commanding General of the Army’s Ordnance Center and Schools. BG Halstead graduated from West Point in 1981 as a U.S. Army Ordnance officer. She was the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer. She was also the first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level by commanding the highest level organization for logistics (3rd Corps Support Command) in the Combat Theater of Iraq. BG Halstead also served in Europe as the Deputy Commanding General for the 21st Theater Support Command. Prior to Europe, she served as the Chief Advisor to the Combatant Commander responsible for military training and operations in Latin America. BG Halstead is the recipient of the 2007 National Women’s History Project, and her military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (one Oak Leaf cluster), and the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf clusters.  BG Halstead, along with other distinguished guests, will be part of a panel presenting a lunch plenary session on health and wellness.


AlexQuadeAlex Quade, War Reporterhttp://alexquade.com/

Ms. Quade will be joining us again this year as our Master of Ceremonies for the day and will also be a part of the Networking area. 

War Reporter Alex Quade covers U.S. Special Operations Forces on combat missions downrange. She is the recipient of the national RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award and the Congressional Medal Of Honor Society’s “Tex McCrary Award For Excellence In Journalism” for her war reportage.
The Medal of Honor recipients present the award to individuals who, through their life's work, have distinguished themselves by service or unbiased coverage of the United States Military through journalism. Prior recipients of this prestigious award include legendary broadcasters Tom Brokaw, Mike Wallace, Tim Russert, Paul Harvey, and author Joe Galloway.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society recognized Ms.Quade, "for her courageous reporting and honest news coverage".
Quade worked at Fox News Channel before heading overseas in 1998 to cover war zones and hostile environments as a freelancer, mainly for CNN. Extreme storytelling and silent risk-taking lie at the heart of what she does. As a "one-man-band", she embeds with elite combat units several months at a time, producing exclusive, long-form, special series and documentaries.
Quade's commitment to providing viewers "ground truth" behind the world's conflict zones has kept her "boots on the ground". For her award-winning "Brothers In Arms" for CNN's "Paula Zahn Now", Quade followed an Army National Guard family for 18-months, from Idaho to Iraq, and back. Following the program's airing on CNN, President George W. Bush publicly recognized the family for their bravery.
Quade's dedication to giving voice to those in the fight is evident in "Hunting IEDs" for CNN's "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" and CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360". Her series gave viewers their first inside look at a dangerous Marine Platoon mission in Fallujah. The U.S. Department of Defense Joint IED Defeat Task Force has used her piece as a case study.
In "Combat Search And Rescue" for CNN's "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" and "The Glenn Beck Show" onHeadline News (HLN), Quade shared high-risk rescue missions from the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan with U.S. Special Operations Forces.
Alex Quade has been embedded with every branch of the U.S. military, and serves on the Board of Military Reporters and Editors, the Association of Military Journalists.

Yvonne Lucas

Yvonne Lucas, Yvonne Lucas Racing. http://www.yvonnelucasracing.com/ 

Ms Lucas contacted us wanting to do something special for our state’s women veterans.  She will be on hand to draw the names of two lucky women veterans for a complimentary day at the Pacific Raceways track in Kent.  Says Yvonne, “Would you like to experience the thrill of drag racing up close and personal?  Here’s your chance as my personal guest inside the exciting world of motor sports and drag racing right here in Washington!  This “Racing Experience” will bring two lucky winners right to the heart of the sights and sounds at Pacific Raceways to live the action firsthand.  Your complimentary day at the racetrack will include a chance to talk with racers and crew members, take a tour of the pit areas, and watch some of the best side by side racing action in the Northwest.  Join me and experience the great sport of drag racing founded right here in the USA!”




Agenda for Summit 7 Registration 8 Opening, Welcome Posting of Colors, 8:30 Workshops onon Leadership, Wellness, Mental Health, Education/Small Business, VA Benefits 9:15 Networking/Services/Exhibitors, 10:15 Workshops on Transitioning to Civilian Life, Wellness, Mental Health, Finance, Employment, 11 Networking/Services/Exhibitors, 11:45  Lunch and Panel on Health and Wellness with BG Rebecca Halstead, 1:15 Workshops on Leadership, Wellness, Mental Health, Education/Small Business, VA Benefits, 2:00 Networking/Services/Exhibitors, 2:30 Fatigues to Fabulous Runway Show, Door Prizes, Close