People don’t have to look far for history; they are living and creating
their own history each day, said Command Sgt. Maj. Mary K. Lemburg.
Command Sgt. Maj. Mary K.
Lemburg, the command sergeant major for the 646th Regional
Support Group, was the guest speaker at the installation’s
Women’s History Month observance March 17.
(Photo by Allan Harding)
Lemburg, the command sergeant major for the 646th Regional Support
Group, was the guest speaker at the installation’s March 17 observance
of Women’s History Month.
Master Sgt. Claudia Simpson, the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity adviser,
began the program by showing a photographic video presentation of women
who have worked at Fort McCoy.
Lemburg has seen and met many of them during her 32-year military
career, which includes a number of two-week training sessions at Fort
McCoy and mobilization training in 2004 as a member of the 376th Finance
Battalion, which was preparing to deploy.
In her civilian career, Lemburg also has become part of Fort McCoy’s
history. She is the chief of health services at the 88th Regional
Support Command (RSC). The 88th RSC relocated to the installation from
Fort Snelling, Minn., as a result of a Base Realignment and Closure
Lemburg prepared her presentation based on the 2011 Women’s History
Month theme “Our History is Our Strength.”
“Our shared history unites Families, communities and nations,” Lemburg
said. “Although women’s history is intertwined with the history shared
with men, several factors — social, religion, economic, and biological
— have worked to create a unique sphere of women’s history.”
Women have played and continue to play a crucial role throughout U.S.
history, she said, citing the labor, women’s suffrage, civil rights,
women’s rights and the environmental movements.
Knowing women’s stories provides essential role models for everyone, she
said. Role models are needed to face the changes and challenges of the
Like many other women, Lemburg can trace her success to her grandmothers
and mother. “I hold up the women in my history as the ultimate role
One of her grandmothers kept an immaculate house and a garden whose
produce wound up in many households. The other grandmother with
teacher’s credentials had to quit her job when she got married.
After being widowed, this grandmother went back to school, graduated
with a teaching degree at the age of 55 and taught until age 70.
“The history of my mother is as the strongest of women,” Lemburg said.
“My earliest memories of her include telling me I could do anything I
set my mind to.”
Today, Lemburg passes the legacy to her children and her grandchildren.
She took one of her grandsons to the U.S. Army’s Women’s Museum, which
has moved from Fort McClellan, Ala., to Fort Lee, Va. He was 11 and
amazed by everything Army women have accomplished.
“All my grandsons love to talk to me about my Army adventures because it
makes their grandmother look cool,” Lemburg said. “My history will be
Women continue to make headway in the Army, including being selected as
the 2010 Soldier of the Year.
Lemburg said that was no easy feat considering the winner had to compete
with other Soldiers doing the Army Warrior tasks.
For more information about ethnic observances in the Fort McCoy
community, call Simpson at 608-388-3246.uarters
Company, U.S. Army Garrison, the Religious Support Office, and the Army
Substance Abuse Program Office.