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99th RSC ‘Women of Honor’ highlights Delini Sharon Sooklall-Makarowski st
Story by – Sgt. 1 Class Alyn-Michael Macleod, 99th Regional Support Public Affairs
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, MAR 15, 2011 –Since the formation of the Women’s Army Corps in the 1940s, women have faced many challenges and contributed greatly to the U.S. Army through their accomplishments. The 99th Regional Support Command will highlight one of its many talented and professional women throughout the month of March in recognition of Women’s History Month. Women's History Month began March 1 and continues throughout the month. The national and Department of Defense theme is "Our History is Our Strength" and "Army Strong" has never been a more apropos motto when referring to our women warriors. They have been a major part of the Army’s history since its inception and we have continued to honor their service. This week, Delini Sharon Sooklall-Makarowski, a Columbus, N.J., native, will be the last in a series of women honored in March. Sooklall-Makarowski is currently the chief, Regional Personnel Service Center for the 99th RSC Directorate of Human Resources. She also serves in the Army Reserve as a chief warrant officer two with the 98th Training Division/G1 as a military personnel technician. Why did you join the Army/Army Reserve? I joined for an opportunity to challenge my passion for adventure, making a difference and helping others. As a late bloomer in the military world (I finished Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training two weeks before my thirty-first birthday), I believe I already possessed the discipline to be a Soldier, which was evident in my ability to make it through initial training.
Do you have any deployment experience, and if so where and what did you do? I deployed to Kuwait from 2005 thru 2006 at Camp Ali Al Salem/LSA and worked at the PPC Operations and the PAP Team OIC. During that time, my additional duties included working with other Equal Opportunity Representatives within the Camp. Do you feel like you are making an impact on the community? I do believe I am making a impact within the communities I have traversed as a Soldier, to include been a volunteer for the Family Readiness Group. Do you feel like you are making a difference in the Army Reserve? Yes – taking care of one Soldier at a time. Following through with Soldier issues is near and dear to me and is a passion that is ignited every day. My current job is perfect in that it provides me with that opportunity and I am in a position where my leaders encourage and promote Soldier care. Are there any women that you look up to? My mother – a woman ahead of her time. Growing up in a society where little focus was placed on advancing women’s issues, she prepared her daughters for success by her determination to provide us with the basics to head out into the unknown. I left home when I was nineteen without any fear of not succeeding. What are some of the challenges you have encountered since joining the Army? I have been fortunate to be in environments where leaders cared, saw my potential and nurtured me for success. Therefore, I do not see any challenges as inhibitors but as opportunities to grow as a professional and succeed. What is the most rewarding experience you have had in the Army and why? Becoming a Warrant Officer – As an AG Warrant, I have been gifted with the opportunity to sharpen my skills and to realize my passion – TAKING CARE OF SOLDIERS!