—9/10/14—INDIANAPOLIS – Lieutenant Rebecca A. Bennett, of Texas, a member of the United States Navy, was recently recognized by the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) with the Salute to Servicewoman Award.
More women now actively serve in the armed forces, defending our country and our freedom, than at any time in history. The award, presented annually at the American Legion Auxiliary’s national convention, applauds the remarkable sacrifice these women make; they are the true embodiment of the ALA’s motto, Service Not Self.
Lt. Bennett, a graduate of Cornell University, received her wings in 2011, graduated at the head of her class, and was on the Commodore’s List with Distinction. In 2012, she was posted to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, North Island, in charge of 30 most junior personnel. In 2012, Bennett became Qualified Second Pilot in just five months (four months faster than the average).
Bennett was promoted to Aircraft Commander in 2013, six months ahead of squadron average.
Quickly moving up the line of command, still in 2013, she was promoted to Lieutenant and Qualified Check Pilot. Currently, Bennett is an Aircraft Division Officer in charge of 20% of the division she serves in (total command of 55 people).
To show our support for the women in the armed forces, the American Legion Auxiliary annually presents a Salute to Servicewoman Award at National Convention to one woman nominated from each branch of the military. Their inspiring stories remind us that courage and commitment to our country knows no gender.
American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
###Contact: Stacy Poca, ALA Creative Comm. Specialist, 317-569-4565, spoca@ALAforVeterans.org