Sneads Ferry woman makes history as first female MEU sergeant major

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

“I j oined the Marines for challenges and to be the best Marine I could be,” she said. “It will be an honor and a privilege to be one of the faces of the MEU, and I know it will definitely be a challenge. I don’t know exactly how (being a woman) will affect things, but it is a challenge I am willing to accept. There have been multiple times I have held senior billets in the Marine Corps, and I don’t think this will be much different.”

Kn o wing that other female Marines will be looking up to her in her new position, Wright said that her message to the Marines has and will always remain the same: They should be comfortable with who they are as a leader, to never try to be someone else and to always give their best in whatever the Marine Corps throws at them.

“I th ink the Marine Corps is heading down the right path when it comes to giving women more opportunities,” Wright said. “Whether I open the door or the Marine Corps opens the door, I think the Marine Corps is trying to do the right thing and provide the best opportunity for Marines to serve in whatever capacity they want to.”

Wright also said that there is still work to be done. With time though, she hopes that the face of the Marine Corps will change from being predominantly male to being more even among genders — something she said will happen once Marines embrace that they are one team sharing the same uniform.

Wright said any weight on her shoulders from being part of the MEU’s leadership is something she has grown used to carrying to since she joined the Corps — the same weight that has been supported by her mother, who died in 1993 but still brings Wright strength and encouragement. She said she will be focusing on being the leader she knows she can be and not focus on trying to prove herself.

“I ju st think and I truly believe that more and more opportunities will open up across the Marine Corps as time goes on,” Wright said. “As we go and the Marine Corps continues to progress we will see more women filling various opportunities. Because of how few of us they are, it might just take us time to get there.”

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