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The National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW) South New Jersey Chapter Installation Ceremony - Saturday, January 27, 2024.

January 18, 2024


NABMW South New Jersey Chapter Installation Ceremony 

Date: January 27, 2024

Time: 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.


Willingboro Public Library

220 Willingboro Way

Willingboro, NJ 08046

The Installation ceremony will start the first NABMW Chapter in the state of New Jersey.

The chartered members are as follows:

CMSgt (Ret) Sebrena Flagg-Briggs (President); Army Veteran, Trachelle Apson (Vice President); Air Force Veteran, Jacqueline Yancey-Mitchell (Secretary); Associate Member Jennifer Flagg (Assistant Secretary); MSgt (Ret) Celeste Skipworth-Reid (Treasurer); SMSgt (Ret) Trina Pharr; CMSgt (Ret) Chyrl Ruff; MSgt (Ret) Lois Black-Geter; MSgt (Ret) Deborah Pender-King; MSgt (Ret) Glennie Rosemond; MSgt (Ret) Cathy Wood; Army Veteran, LT Marcenia Cofield; Associate Member Alvin Blake; Associate Member Vanessa Oldfield and Associate Member Tawanna Rose.

NABMW History: 

The National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW) is an association of women located throughout the country who are veterans and current members of the United States Armed Forces. It was founded under the former name of "The Black WAAC, WAC, Women in Service." Black Military Women existed and served during the American Revolution, World War One, World War Two, and Korean Wars. There was no media, documentaries, displays. Nothing in the history books. Black Military Women were not shown in war movies.

Our Mission Statement:

To seek out, record, maintain, and tell the history and heritage of African-American Military Women who served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. 

Our Motto:

"To Tell HerStory" 

Mary McLeod Bethune, championed for the inclusion of Black women in WAC to serve overseas.

In July 1976, a group of 21 women who served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Wars got together at Lucille Brown's house in Hampton, Virginia. At this chartered meeting, the group decided to locate and invite other former servicewomen to a first reunion that was held in 1978 in Dallas, Texas.

Later, the National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW) was founded by Gladys Schuster Carter who was one of the 855 black women who served in the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. 

The 6888th consisted of all black women and women who were labeled as black or colored and they deployed overseas during World War II. 

The 6888th was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in March 2022.

The Installation Ceremony is inspirational in nature and leaves the officers and the community with a sense of appreciation for the military service of black women such as the women who served in the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion and many more and the volunteers who have taken an oath of office to continue carrying out the mission of NABMW.

Guest Registration:

Media Contact:

Latia Suttle

The National Association of Black Military Women

Phone: 424-296-1004

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