by Senior Airman Aubrey White
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
8/13/2015 - JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- A
small group of female Airmen came together for an afternoon of
empowerment and planning during the inaugural Women Warrior Luncheon
here, Aug. 12.
The luncheon, hosted by 633rd Air Base Wing Chapel staff, facilitated
communication between junior Airmen and seasoned leaders with the intent
to support each other as military women.
"Even though we're all Airmen, women are still in the minority and it is
sometimes difficult to find each other and find out that you have
commonalities," said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Christine Blice-Baum, 633rd ABW
deputy wing chaplain. "There's something about women linked together
that offers encouragement and empowerment."
According to Blice-Baum, targeting junior-enlisted Airmen helps build
the Wingman Concept and reinforces resiliency through relations for new
With issues like suicide and sexual assault affecting many military
women, Blice-Baum said Women Warrior networking with the appropriate
agencies will create safeties for women to help mitigate or lessen those
types of occurrences.
As for the expectations for the future of the group, Blice-Baum said she
hopes the group takes on a character determined by its participants,
and to also connect with U.S. Army Soldiers at Fort Eustis.
"It's not my vision, it's going to be the vision of the group with the
encouragement of the senior folks and us being able to lead, guide and
provide structure," she explained. "My hope is [the group] creates
connections as we continue with our joint partners to strengthen each
other, offer support and foster friendships."