FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood will host a Women’s History Month observance 1:30 p.m. March 21 at the Phantom Warrior Center here.


The event, sponsored by the 48th Chemical Brigade, will feature Col. Mary L. Martin, the 16th military commandant of the Defense Equal Opportunity

Management Institute, headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. She is the first female Army officer in the role.


The DEOMI was established at Patrick AFB in 1971 to seek solutions to racial issues that were common in the armed forces in the 1960s and early 1970s.

For more information on this organization, visit


Martin assumed command of DEOMI on June 17, 2016. She began her active duty service in the enlisted ranks from October 1985 to October 1988 as an

administrative specialist. She later received a regular Army commission from Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Georgia‎, on March 15, 1991, as

part of the Army’s Early Commissioning Program. After completing her degree requirements, she then entered active duty as an Adjutant General Corps

officer on Jan. 1, 1993.

Media who wish to cover the event should register here. On March 21, media should meet public affairs representatives at the south-side parking lot of the Marvin Leath Visitors’ Center at 1 p.m.