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Senior female leaders host first ladies' social

Col. DeAnna Burt, 460th Operations Group commander, opens the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book Club with a brief on sexual assault and sexual assault prevention Jan. 10, 2013, at the Buckley Air Force Base Leadership Development Center. Senior female leadership offered insight and direction at the social, the first of it's kind at Buckley.Team Buckley women come together to discuss and empower one another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

Col. DeAnna Burt, 460th Operations Group commander, opens the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book Club with a brief on sexual assault and sexual assault prevention Jan. 10, 2013, at the Buckley Air Force Base Leadership Development Center. Senior female leadership offered insight and direction at the social, the first of it's kind at Buckley.Team Buckley women come together to discuss and empower one another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

Col. Tracey Hayes, 460th Space Wing vice commander, second from right, converses with attendees of the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book Club Jan. 10, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base’s Leadership Development Center. Topics at the first gathering of Team Buckley's women included sexual assault, sexual assault prevention and a book called “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

Col. Tracey Hayes, 460th Space Wing vice commander, second from right, converses with attendees of the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book Club Jan. 10, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base’s Leadership Development Center. Topics at the first gathering of Team Buckley's women included sexual assault, sexual assault prevention and a book called “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Marilyn Savage, 460th Mission Support Group chief enlisted advisor, third from left,  participates in a group discussion Jan. 10, 2013, at the Buckley Air Force Base Leadership Development Center during the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book Club. Attendees discussed topics about sexual assault and sexual assault prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Marilyn Savage, 460th Mission Support Group chief enlisted advisor, third from left, participates in a group discussion Jan. 10, 2013, at the Buckley Air Force Base Leadership Development Center during the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book Club. Attendees discussed topics about sexual assault and sexual assault prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

Peggy Moore-McCoy, 460th Space Wing sexual assault response coordinator, third from right, listens to women share their stories Jan. 10, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base's Leadership Development Center during the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book Club. The book, “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker, was the topic of the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

Peggy Moore-McCoy, 460th Space Wing sexual assault response coordinator, third from right, listens to women share their stories Jan. 10, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base's Leadership Development Center during the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book Club. The book, “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker, was the topic of the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

Christina Stump, 460th Space Wing community support coordinator, second from left, discusses topics during the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book club Jan. 10, 2013, at the Buckley Air Force Base’s Leadership Development Center. The social event provided Team Buckley’s women the opportunity to come together and share their opinions about a book called “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

Christina Stump, 460th Space Wing community support coordinator, second from left, discusses topics during the Ladies Empowerment Social and Book club Jan. 10, 2013, at the Buckley Air Force Base’s Leadership Development Center. The social event provided Team Buckley’s women the opportunity to come together and share their opinions about a book called “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Glass/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- More than 90 Team Buckley women gathered Jan. 10 at the Buckley Leadership Development Center for a Ladies' Empowerment Social and Book Club event.

The social and book club, the first of its kind at Buckley, offered a venue for women to gather in a relaxed environment for networking, socializing and building camaraderie. The gathering also provided an opportunity for high-ranking female leaders to discuss the sensitive subject of sexual assault in a women-only environment.

Active-duty, guard and reserve service members, civilians, contractors, and spouses attended the event, offering a wide array of life experiences and stances on various issues to discuss.

The event kicked off with an explanation of the gathering's purpose and introductions offered by Col. Tracey Hayes, 460th Space Wing vice commander; Col. DeAnna Burt, 460th Operations Group commander; Chief Master Sgt. Marilyn Savage, 460th Mission Support Group chief enlisted advisor; Christina Stump, 460th SW community support coordinator; and Peggy Moore-McCoy, 460th SW sexual assault response coordinator. Each played a key role in the coordination of this event.

Focus was placed on national bestseller "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker, which emphasizes regaining power and control in one's life. The women in attendance, whether they read the book or not, participated in engaging discussion of past experiences, outlooks on life and personal habits relating to losing, gaining or maintaining power and control over their lives.

Coordinators of the social event asked for book suggestions and feedback from participants for future events. Potential events include self-defense courses and a men's gathering. Look to http://www.buckley.af.mil/Calendar/default.aspx for a listing of upcoming Buckley community events and ceremonies.
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