DVIDS – News – Women’s History Month: NSA Naples honors women on the front lines

(NAPLES, Italy) – United States Navy Support Activity (NSA) Naples celebrates Women’s History Month (WHM) throughout March each year. The month is dedicated to the contributions of women, past and present, and celebrates their vital role with Women’s History Month (WHM).

Each year there is a new theme to frame the many impacts that women have had in shaping the world.

“This year’s theme, ‘Women Who Heal, Promote Hope’, is a tribute to the tireless work of caregivers and frontline workers throughout the pandemic,” said Captain James Stewart, Commanding Officer of NSA Naples.

“Historically, WHM is a time to honor the sacrifices and successes of women throughout our history. True to the vision of these great leaders, the women of our active duty workforce and our Department of Defense community continue to be strong examples of strength and professionalism,” said Stewart. “Every day, the women of our NSA Naples community fight to support our mission here in Europe. This month, we honor and recognize their hard work and sacrifice.

NSA Command Departments in Naples nominated women throughout the month to be featured on the command’s social media platforms for their hard work and dedication to supporting the Naples community.

The women of the installation have made sacrifices on the front lines in a variety of capacities: working at the commissary, the navy exchange, the navy lodge, the child and youth program facilities , And much more.

“In many cases we have left our families, but the priority is to serve this community because for them it is difficult to find a new [country]especially one who speaks a different language and in the pandemic,” said Commissary store employee Nunzia Gressa.

“We are here to serve them. Anything that can be done, we do,” Gressa said.
Some employees have dedicated long periods of their lives to serving the NSA Naples community.

“A large number of [the employees] have been working here and assisting our military personnel for decades… Some of them have been here for more than 30 years”, explains Hugo Zapata, manager of the commissary’s grocery store.

Although the pandemic is only a small part of what they have been through over the years, here, even in difficult times, the women who work in stewardship are proud of what they do to serve our community, added Zapata.

NSA Naples departments pay tribute to women working on the front lines
In honor of WHM, select NSA Naples departments have chosen to recognize outstanding women in the workplace.

NSA Naples Fire and Emergency Services honored Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Kylee Porter. Porter’s department recognized his service as a firefighter and active volunteer in the local community.

NSA Naples Morale, Welfare and Recreation honored Fitness Manager Katelyn Paloma for leading the gym at the Capodichino site during COVID. MWR also recognized Paloma for her community service outside of her job.

NSA Naples Children and Youth Programs honors teachers at the Child Development Center and Youth Center for their dedication to safely caring for children on base amid the pandemic.

NSA Naples Navy Exchange honors the women who work at their facilities. NEX employees have overcome various restrictions, shortages and changes due to COVID. Through it all, they have continued to serve the people of NSA Naples.

The NSA commissioner in Naples honored the women who came to work every day to help provide food for the community. Despite the shortages, the women worked to keep the shelves stocked for customers.

Navy Lodge General Manager Elena Knudson paid tribute to her cleaning staff for their dedication to maintaining military personnel accommodation facilities throughout the pandemic.

Women’s History Month Story
Originally, Women’s History Month began as a week-long celebration after Congress passed a resolution to authorize and direct the U.S. President to declare the week of March 7, 1982, “Women’s History Week.” ‘women’s history’.
Over the next five years, Congress pursued legislation to honor Women’s History Week in March.

In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress which led to the passage of a resolution designating March as Women’s History Month.

Since 1995, Women’s History Month has become an annual proclamation to celebrate women who have contributed to the United States.

NSA Naples pays tribute to all the women who have paved the way for our community throughout the pandemic and throughout history.

NSA Naples is an operational shore base that enables U.S., Allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to provide security and stability in European, African, and Central Areas of Responsibility. .

For more information on NSA Naples, please follow us on Instagram @NSANaples and Facebook at facebook.com/NSANaples/.







Date taken: 31.03.2022
Date posted: 31.03.2022 02:54
Story ID: 417538
Location: NAPLES, IL





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