SA honored at annual memorial wreath laying ceremony

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  • By Wayne Amann
  • OSI Public Affairs

The Office of Special Investigations played a prominent role at the 24th annual Women in Military Service wreath laying ceremony at the Military Women's Memorial May 18, 2022.

Special Agent Eboni Briscoe-Jenkins, executive assistant to OSI Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregg Gow, was recognized at the event by the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, in partnership with the Military Women's Memorial.

The caucus honors an active duty female noncommissioned officer or senior noncommissioned officer from each military service branch.

Briscoe-Jenkins was this year's Air Force representative. She was also selected from the nominees to deliver remarks on behalf of the honorees.

According to its website, the Military Women’s Memorial is the only historical repository documenting all military women’s service, starting with the American Revolution.

Located at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, it features an education center, interactive exhibitions, a world-class collection of women’s stories and artifacts and engaging programs and events for all generations.

The structure in which the memorial is housed was originally known as the Hemicycle, built in 1932 to be a ceremonial entrance to the cemetery. It never served this purpose. Ground was broken for the memorial in July 1995.

This year marks 25 years since the Military Women’s Memorial was dedicated and opened to the public on Oct. 18, 1997. That ceremony began with a military aircraft fly-over, all of which were piloted by women – the first time an all-female fly-over had occurred in U.S. history.

Outside the building, a fountain empties into a circular reflecting pool, paved with black granite cobblestones quarried in Culpeper, Virginia, symbolizing the coming together of generations of women’s voices.