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Oct. 8, 2012
Women In Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter is pleased to announce its 2012 Excellence in Leadership honoree, Major Carrie M. Atkinson USMC, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, Joint Force Provider Officer. Major Atkinson will be recognized at the 4th annual WID Black Tie Gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

Early in her career, Excellence in Leadership honoree Major Atkinson served as a Platoon Commander, Company Commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and also as a Battalion Executive Officer. She also served as the Operations Officer for Recruiting Station Detroit, when the Services increased forces to support the Global War on Terrorism. Upon her selection to the rank of Major, Major Atkinson served as the Adjutant, Public Affairs Officer, and Legal Officer for Marine Wing Support Group 47 aboard Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Currently, she serves as the Joint Force Provider Officer for Marine Forces Command in Norfolk, VA.

Established in 2009 by WID-Michigan, the Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes women who have made significant contributions to U.S. defense and national security. Recipients are honored at the organization’s Annual Black Tie Gala, and have previously included the U.S. Navy’s Diversity Officer, an Executive Director and Chief of Staff at TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. View previous recipients.

The organization will also present its Horizon Industry Awards to defense industry professionals for exceptional work, as well as WID-Michigan’s HORIZONS-Michigan scholarships.


Sept. 2012
Detroiter Magazine profiles WID MI, highlighting the many benefits the organization provides for women, men and the industry. Read now

July 10, 2012

WID golf outing volunteers prepare for a big turnout at its 4th annual golf outing to raise funds for the organization’s HORIZONS-Michigan Scholarship Fund.

Women in Defense, Michigan chapter (WID-MI) raised more than $33,000 at its 4th annual golf outing, which attracted more than 100 industry attendees and golfers. Proceeds from WID-MI’s annual golf outing benefit the HORIZONS-Michigan Scholarship Fund. View photos from the event (password: womenindefense)

“The annual WID-MI golf outing is a terrific networking opportunity that supports a great cause: Encouraging careers and professional development in the defense industry,” said Amy Courter, president of WID-MI. “The money raised at the golf outing directly benefits women in our community who are committed to becoming industry leaders.”

WID-Michigan established the HORIZONS-Michigan Scholarship in 2009 to encourage women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States, and to provide development opportunities to women already working in these fields. To date, $$48,000 in HORIZONS-Michigan scholarships have been awarded.

Criteria and application details for the HORIZON-Michigan Scholarship are available here. The submission deadline is July 31, 2012.

The event was held at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township and had several sponsors, including the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), BAE Systems, Indiana Mills and Manufacturing (IMMI), ManTech International Corporation, and DC3S.