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99th Regional Support Command Public Affairs Office 5231 South Scott Plaza Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst 08640-5000    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 12, 2011 Release Number – 017-04-12-11 Contact Information – Sgt. 1st Class Alyn-Michael Macleod – 719-433-5829 – alyn-michael.macleod@usar.army.mil    

99th RSC ‘Women of Honor’ highlights Tiffani A. Rollison 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, Tiffani A. Rollison, a Long Island, N.Y., native, will be part of a series of women honored in March. Rollison is currently the senior special agent/criminal investigator for the 99th RSC Directorate of Emergency Services. Why did you join the Army/Army Reserve? I joined the Army because I wanted to be in law enforcement and go to college at the same time. As a 17-year-old with no college degree, I didn’t have many choices. I joined the military police corps and started college immediately after arriving at my first duty station in Germany. I was on active duty for seven years. Since getting out, I’ve been working for the Army as a civilian, first starting out as a federal police officer/K9 handler, then transferring over to criminal investigations. Do you have any deployment experience, and if so where and what did you do? Not combat-related, but I did deploy to Panama as a military police officer. I have extensive TDY experience. As a federal police officer/K9 handler, I was tasked out to the Secret Service to help with presidential missions.


Do you feel like you are making an impact on the community? I feel that being a woman in a predominately male career field has made an impact. I’ve had numerous women approach me and ask how they would go about getting into law enforcement. Do you feel like you are making a difference in the Army Reserve? I am not in the Reserve, but I feel as a civilian I am making a slight difference. Are there any women that you look up to? As a young private first class in Germany, Maj. Monika Lutz took me under her wing; she was like a mother figure to me. She had been through a lot and I had a huge amount of respect for her. I have since lost contact, but I haven’t forgotten about her. What are some of the challenges you have encountered since joining the Army? When I was on active duty, there were many challenges I encountered. For example, being the only female in a platoon of all males while in the field, or being one of the few females going through military working dog school. I received top honor grad, so that wasn’t an issue. What is the most rewarding experience you have had in the Army and why? The most rewarding experience, besides being a military working dog handler, was meeting my husband. --30--


99th RSC ‘Women of Honor’ highlights Tiffani A. Rollison