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Women's History Month: Capt. Ashley FitzGibbon

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- Capt. Ashley FitzGibbon briefs about Women's History Month during the March Unit Training Assembly on March 10, 2014. She is the Director of Equal Opportunity during UTA weekends, and serves as the 109th Airlift Wing adminstrative officer/community relations manager on a full-time basis. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt/Released)

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- Capt. Ashley FitzGibbon briefs about Women's History Month during the March Unit Training Assembly on March 10, 2014. She is the Director of Equal Opportunity during UTA weekends, and serves as the 109th Airlift Wing adminstrative officer/community relations manager on a full-time basis. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt/Released)

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- Capt. Ashley FitzGibbon entered the military 10 years ago and has been with the 109th Airlift Wing for seven of those years. The college benefits offered were what drew FitzGibbon into joining the military.

"It was also a great opportunity to be part of an amazing, well-respected organization," she said.

FitzGibbon serves as the Equal Opportunity director during Unit Training Assemblies. "We ensure everyone is treated fairly, regardless of the individual's race, color, national origin, gender or religion," she said.

In her full-time position as the 109th AW's administrative officer and community manager, her main priority is to ensure Airmen within Wing Staff are mission-ready. She also oversees community relations by building and maintaining relationships with the surrounding communities.

FitzGibbon said life at home has only helped her with her role at the 109th AW. "Being a mother and wife has taught me the value of patience and empathy," she said. "This translates to my positions at the Wing in all different realms, but most importantly when dealing with all Airmen - from the brand new recruit to the wing commander."

FitzGibbon said women are an integral part in the armed forces, and Women's History Month is a chance to recognize that.  "Women's History Month allows us to recognize and celebrate the character, courage, and commitment of women in the military, who are often unrecognized," she said.