Brief History of the
National Association of Black Military Woman
The National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW) formerly known as the Black WAAC, WAC, Women in the Service Association, is an organization of women who are veterans or currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The association was established in Hampton, Virginia in 1976 by a group of women who had served in World War II and the Korean War as members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps or the Women’s Army Corps. At this chapter meeting, it was decided to locate other military women and invite them to a reunion in Dallas, Texas in 1978. Since then biennial reunions have continued to be held in cities throughout the United States In 1994, an Organizational Structure Committee (OSC) was established to determine the framework, typically hierarchical, within which it arranged the lines of authority and communications, and allocated rights and duties.
In 1996, the membership approved renaming the organization as the “NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK MILITARY WOMEN”. In 1998, plans for the election of officers were approved. Our first national officers were installed in April 1999.