Jean Chlastawa, of Rehoboth Beach, and ambassador for the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., will serve as guest speaker about the memorial at the coalition’s meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at FOP Lodge 3, 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover.

The Women’s Memorial honors women who have defended the U.S. throughout history. It serves as a repository for the memorabilia of women who have served in or are with the Armed Forces from the American Revolution to the present time. Their historians and curators conduct seminal research on the history of servicewomen, placing their experience within its historical context.

Chlastawa, a native of Westfield, Massachusetts, graduated in 1980 from American International College with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. She retired as a lieutenant commander in 1996. She earned a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Rhode Island and served as an education and training specialist, where she spent most of her career.

Chlastawa reentered the federal government as a senior manager of education and training at the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2006. She retired in 2016 and moved with her spouse to Rehoboth Beach.

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