Gadsden County to honor local women veterans

The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners invites the public to Celebrate Women’s History Month at the “She Served So That We Could Be Free” luncheon to Honor Gadsden County Women Veterans. 

The luncheon will take place Friday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orchid Banquet Hall at 12 E. Washington Street in Quincy.

 The guest speaker for the event will be U.S. Army Ret. Sgt Major Gabriella Prescott Russum.

Russum’s career assignments include duties as a Drill Sgt, AIT Instructor, Platoon Sgt, Personnel Senior Sgt, Assistant Inspector General, and 1st Sgt. She has served throughout the United States (U.S.) and in multiple overseas locations. In 1999, while serving as a 1st Sgt, she was selected to attend the United States Army, Sgt Maj. Academy in Fort Bliss, TX, and was ultimately promoted to the rank of Sgt Maj. As a Sgt Maj., she served as the Army’s senior enlisted human resources (HR) advisor for the U.S. Army enlisted force consisting of over 524,000 enlisted soldiers.

Russum, who retired in 2011 after 33 years of service, spent the last 11 years of her career traveling throughout the U.S. and overseas, advising Army leaders and soldiers on policy changes that affected the Army’s readiness for wartime missions, HR policy changes, and programs involving soldiers and their families. She also served as the Chief, Sgt. Maj., and Command Sgt Maj Management Branch. In this assignment, she managed the careers, assignments, and professional development of every E-9 in the Army.

 Russum, who resides in Virginia, currently serves as the director of human relations for the Department of Commerce Foreign Services, where she oversees the lifecycle of the Foreign Commercial Service Office.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The luncheon is free to the public. 

For more information, call Gadsden County Veterans Services at 850.875.8661.

Erin Hill –


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