Veteran Voices: Women in Service (Virtual)

Event Details

Thu, Feb 17, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online Event

1s151 Winfield Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60189
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Virtual Presentation
Thursday, February 17
7:00 PM CST Online via Zoom
Free Event but Registration Required


Join us for a roundtable discussion that focuses on women in service. Two veterans of the 1st Infantry Division will gather to reflect on their service with the Big Red One from the late 1970s and onward.


Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Nancy Morales

LTC (Retired) Nancy Morales is a career Army officer who served in the U.S. Army for 21 years. She was commissioned as a 2LT through the ROTC program at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph Minnesota in 1976; the first year that women were commissioned through the ROTC. Her military service included assignments with the 193rd Infantry Brigade in the Panama Canal Zone, the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, Korea, and the 2/56 ADA Battalion and the 93rd ADA Bridge in Germany. She served as an instructor at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School and was also an instructor a the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Nancy served with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

In her post-military career, she worked as a defense contractor primarily supporting the National Reconnaissance Office.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Retired) Phyllis A. Fitzgerald

CW3 (Retired) Phyllis A. Fitzgerald is a career Army officer who served in the U.S. Army for over 21 years as an Intelligence Analyst. Phyllis volunteered to serve in the Army and entered the military at the age of 17 with her parents’ signature. She was a Private and was in the last class of the Women’s Army Corps. Her Army Basic Training was at Fort McClellan, Alabama in 1978. After basic training, Phyllis attended advanced individual training at Fort Huachuca Arizona where she was trained as an Intelligence Analyst. Phyllis served in the 1st Infantry Division from 1989-1993 and deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She was an All-Source Intelligence Technician serving in the Assistant Chief of Staff, G2, where during deployment she briefed General Rhame on the enemy’s current situation, capabilities, and assessments.

During her career, she served at various echelons to include Battalion, Division, Corps, and Echelons above Corps. In her post-career, Chief Fitzgerald served as the Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and City Commissioner of Junction City, Kansas. She serves on boards in her community to include:  Military Affairs Council, Junction City Chamber of Commerce, AUSA, Armed Forces Community Foundation, Central Kansas Military Community Foundation to name a few. Phyllis also leads community volunteer projects and engages Soldiers and community members to volunteer. To honor the 1st Infantry Division 100th anniversary in 2017, she compiled a book “What is Your Big Red One Story?” of 100 Big Red One Stories of Veterans that remained in Junction City after departing the military. She also developed and runs The Adopt A Soldier program for new to the Army and Fort Riley Soldiers. Today she is the Executive Director of the Society of the First Infantry Division.


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  This program includes built-in closed captioning through Zoom.