Women talk of changing military times

February 12, 2018 01:29 PM

ALBANY – The second in a series of discussions marking Black History Month was held Monday morning at the Albany County Office Building: Celebrating African American Service Women in the Military.

Hosted by County Executive Dan McCoy, a Master Sergeant in the New York National Guard, and moderated by longtime County Legislator Wanda Willingham, whose family members have been in the military, it focused on how African-Americans have had a critical role in the history of the U.S. Military. The national theme for Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War.”

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Said Cpt. Candyace Laster, the only female African-American officer in her unit, was asked why she stopped attending officer “mixers.”

"To be honest,” she told her superior officer, “I do kind of feel not included just because nobody there has anything in common with me, nobody made it a point to reach out and say well let's bring her into the corner."


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