2019 Equality Day Observance Guest Speaker

Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka N. O’Neal, senior enlisted advisor for the Defense Commissary Agency, will be the guest speaker at the Women's Equality Day observance here Aug. 15 in the Lee Theater.

FORT LEE, Va. – The installation’s 2019 Women’s Equality Day observance – marking the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, Women’s Right to Vote – is set for Aug. 15, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the Lee Theater.

The theme is “Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote, Expanding Opportunities for All.” The CASCOM event will be hosted by the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade. The entire Fort Lee community is invited to participate in the program.

Aug. 26 is designated as the official Women’s Equality Day. This occasion has been recognized since 1973 by presidential proclamation after a bill introduced by Congresswoman Bella Abzug was approved by Congress. The day is an opportunity to celebrate the victories for equality that women have won and to rededicate the country’s commitment to eliminate discrimination against women. The observance not only celebrates the progress and achievements women have made throughout history, but also their continued effort to be represented as equals in society.

The Lee program’s guest speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka N. O’Neal, senior enlisted advisor for the Defense Commissary Agency here. O’Neal has held this position since November 2018. She is responsible for advising the DeCA director on enlisted service members’ needs related to the commissary benefit and serving as the agency liaison with the senior enlisted chiefs of the armed services. The commissary system includes more than 15,000 employees, a headquarters, five areas and nearly 240 commissaries located in 13 countries around the world.

O’Neal entered the Army in 1990 as a parachute rigger, later reclassifying to 92A Automated Logistical Specialist in 1998. She has held a variety of battalion-, brigade- and command-level assignments in the United States and overseas. In 2002, she served five months as a Special Operations liaison with the Joint Logistics Command in Karshi Khanabad, Uzbekistan. From 2004-2006, she served as the first sergeant of HHC, Special Operations Support Command, USASOC, Fort Bragg, N.C.

From April-August 2006, O’Neal served on the special staff of the Army Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg before departing for the Army Sergeants Major Academy. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as command sergeant major, Joint Munitions & Lethality Life Cycle Command and Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Ill.

The program also will include a video of female senior leaders on Fort Lee. Soldiers will recite the poem “I’m a Suffragette” and perform a women’s march reenactment.

For additional details, contact Sgt. 1st Class Maria E. Vasquez, Bravo Company, 266th QM Battalion, at 804-765-3034.