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U.S., Qatar military women build relationships over breakfast

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal
  • 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Women from U.S. and Qatar Armed Forces came together to participate in the second Women’s Networking Breakfast March 20, 2019, in Doha, Qatar.

During the event, attendees shared a meal and toured local museums while discussing shared military and life experiences.

“We are living in remarkable times for women in the military. We recognize the importance of women across the globe supporting and learning from one another,” said Qatar Emiri Air Force Lt. Latifa al-Darwish, Ministry of Defense directorate of Morale Guidance and event coordinator. “Based on shared values and interests, the United States and Qatar partnership has long been at the spear-point of regional Middle Eastern counter-terrorism, and benefits both nations through economic opportunities.”

The event provided attendees the opportunity to interact with peers from all career fields, strengthen relationships, develop professionally, and build partnership between the two services.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Luz Garcia, 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron manpower and personnel flight commander, said interacting with her Qatari counterparts was an eye opening experience.

“It was amazing because you learn about so many things that they actually do and how intense their training is when it comes to their education. They really invest a lot in their education and their progression,” she said. “We have that same dedication, discipline, empowerment and willingness it takes to serve. It unites us as a force. It’s very motivational.”

For some attendees, meeting military women from a diverse range of backgrounds was both education and rewarding.

“If we talk to each other, have these gatherings, and learn from each other’s stories, it helps us to connect more and see that we're all the same,” said Qatar Emiri Air Force Lt. Hind Bajidaph, executive officer to the Qatar Emiri Air Force commander. “I just love meeting so many different people from different nationalities and different backgrounds. Their stories inspire me.”

According to Lt. Latifa, the Qatar Armed Forces plans to continue hosting gatherings like the Women’s Networking Breakfast to further strengthen U.S. and Qatar relations.