DVIDS – News – Wagonmasters host African American history month observance

“This theme commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War, it and provides us the opportunity to focus on and highlight the contributions of African American soldiers, past and present, who have served and continue to serve in our great nation’s army,” said Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Smith, equal opportunity advisor, 1CDSB.

Pastor Rodney W. Gilchrist, Sgt. Maj. (Ret.), a 24-year Army veteran whose final assignment was at III Corps, served as the guest speaker.

“African American history during times of war is rich in service and honor,” said Gilchrist. “It is filled with the ironies of valor as well as the difficulties of defeat. It is a history littered with setbacks and struggles…

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