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FEMVETS - BRIDGING THE GAP

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Adrienne Hatcher is an Active Guard Reserve CPT in the Missouri Army National Guard currently assigned to a Major Slot.  Adrienne commissioned in 2005 and was sent in support of Hurricane Katrina clean up as a team leader for a peace keeping/patrol missions in the French quarter. Shortly thereafter, she attended Survival Evasion Resistance Escape C+, Dunker School, and then attended Flight school XXI. She graduated with the advanced aircraft of the AH-64 D/Apache Longbow and then transitioned back to the AH-64A. While completing readiness level progression, supporting several state emergency duties, and working temporary active duty operational support, she pursued and received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has served as a line company platoon leader, line company commander, Battalion S4, and Brigade Assistant S3, and currently is assigned to the State Aviation Office. After the unit received AH64-D block II aircraft, she deployed with them to Afghanistan and has supported mission sets that include special operation missions, convoy security, route reconnaissance, escort missions, as well as quick reaction force responses. Shortly after her return from deployment, CPT Hatcher transitioned to the UH-72/Lakota due to the National Guard losing Apaches to the Active Component.  Adreinne is the Executive Director/Founder of a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports U.S. Veterans and service members called Combat Boots and High Heels.

Melissa Grable served in the army from October 2008 until January of 2011. She was a signal support system specialist, basically communications.She also deployed to Iraq in 2009 with 1st Calvary division. She returned in November of 2009.Melissa is contributing her story to female veterans in the hopes that her military experience will help females deal with their problems and issues. She wants them to be able to know what to do.

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