Gov. Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Commission for Women to host an event to honor Pennsylvania’s female veterans in celebration of Women’s History Month. The event honored 19 women from across the commonwealth representing every branch of the Armed Services for their brave service and selfless contributions to Pennsylvania and the nation.
Among them was Bucks County’s Marlena Ventresca Parker, who was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. She served nine years on active duty and 18 years in the Reserve in a variety of flying and staff positions at the squadron and wing level. She was the first female commander of the 73rd Airlift Squadron, Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
“Frances and I are honored to join such decorated female veterans as we celebrate each of their accomplishments along with the thousands of other women who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces,” said the governor. “Thank you for the example of public service you provide to young women in Pennsylvania and for breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation of women who want to find success and fulfillment in military service.”
“On behalf of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, we are honored to join the governor and first lady to recognize the courageous and selfless women who have served in the military,” said commission chair Randi Teplitz. “Women who have served deserve our endless gratitude for the vitally important role that they have had in keeping Pennsylvania, and our nation, safe. We are excited to share the unique stories and accomplishments of these 19 women who have triumphed in both the public and private sectors.”