Lt. Col. Kisha Flagg, a native of West Palm Beach, Fla., currently stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Va., and a graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will be on campus March 18, at 6 p.m. at the Holtzman Alumni Center’s Assembly Hall to deliver a presentation entitled, “Moving Ahead: Women in the Military.” 

During the presentation Flagg will speak about her successful journey in the military and share her insights for the future.

Flagg joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1995. She served in many different capacities throughout her career before being selected to serve as the first female officer in charge of the Jungle Warfare Training Center and Camp Commander of Camp Gonsalves in Okinawa, Japan. Which according to Flagg, “was a leadership billet that was traditionally set aside for infantry officers, and the majority of the staff members were infantry marines.”

“I believe that being a female marine provides a special set of challenges,” said Flagg, “the corps seems to take a little longer to get used to the idea of change, which generally means that females who serve in this organization will spend a great deal of time breaking new ground and tearing down barriers.”

The presentation will be followed by a reception at 7 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Gallery, in the Holtzman Alumni Center. RSVP for the reception if you plan to attend. Both events are sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. For more information contact Latanya Walker or visit the Women’s Center website.

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