Magazine article National Defense

Women in Defense Presents Service to the Flag Award

Magazine article National Defense

Women in Defense Presents Service to the Flag Award

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* In celebration of Women's History Month in March, National Defense Industrial Association affiliate Women In Defense presented its Service to the Flag Award to Carolyn H. Becraft.

The award recognizes members who have served in national defense and security positions, supported military service members and/or facilitated partnerships between industry and the military. The recipient should have a distinguished career and should have supported the advancement of women working in national defense and national security.

Becraft was an Army officer, a civilian government employee and a leader at WID. A presidential appointee as the assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs from 1998 through 2001, she revitalized recruitment, initiated workforce planning and developed training for military and civilian personnel--including senior executive service members. Becraft was a champion for women in the Department of the Navy and for military families.

"Despite the glass ceiling, Ms. Becraft rose to the top, thus inspiring other women to serve their country. For her service to the flag and her singularly distinguished accomplishments, we chose her to receive this award," said WID President Tricia Ward, presenting the award at a brunch held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. …

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