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The Space and Missile Defense Command and Team Redstone will hold the 2019 Women’s Equality Day Celebration, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. in Bob Jones Auditorium.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote.” The guest speaker is Julie Schumacher, former deputy to the commander of SMDC. The celebration is open to the entire Redstone community.

Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, Aug. 26, 1920, to the Constitution which guaranteed women the right to vote.

Women in the armed forces, public service and government have long served this nation by working to clear barriers, enforce laws, implement new ideas and change people’s attitudes.

Women’s Equality Day gives an opportunity to reflect on the many benefits of true equality and the role of women in this nation.

For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Juan Leal at 679-0789 or email juan.e.leal.mil@mail.mil.

Schumacher is the president and CEO of KODA Technologies Inc., a new engineering services company that supports weapon system development and testing. She previously served in several government civilian positions; as an engineer, then program manager and finally as a member of the Senior Executive Service.

She received the AIAA David R. Israel Award for Meritorious Achievement in Missile Defense, the NDIA Defense Technical Award and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence. Schumacher earned a master of science in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a bachelor’s in education from the University of Alabama. She completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Program Manager’s Course at the Defense Acquisition University. Schumacher is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Class 29 and she serves on the board of directors for the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association.

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