ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., -- District commander Lt. Col. Antoinette R. Gant was one of 13 New Mexican women recognized by the YWCA of New Mexico as “Women on the Move.”
The YWCA held its 27th Annual Women on the Move Awards, April 3, 2013, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center where the women were honored for their work for social and racial justice and the empowerment of women.
According to Amy Whitfield, president and CEO of YWCA New Mexico, the 13 women recognized are generous with their time, accomplished in their professional and personal lives and benefit the community with their achievements.
Gant said she’s very proud to represent the District and Army.
Since taking command of the Albuquerque District in July 2012, Gant has been involved in numerous activities within the Albuquerque area, especially those that focus on women. She served as the keynote speaker for the Forest Service Women Forum and the Tribute to Women in the Military Organization focusing on encouraging women to become mentors, accomplishing their desires and considering careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). She is a community advocate for STEM and has advocated partnering with UNM; Links, Inc.; the Girl Scouts and others to promote STEM initiatives.
Gant is the Leadership Development team lead and mentor for AKA Sorority’s Emerging Young Leaders signature program focused on sixth to eighth grade girls. She has also volunteered at the Road Runner Food Bank and participated in the MLK March. Gant is currently the only female district commander out of the 48 districts in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“Lt. Col. Gant makes it a point to know the face behind the work. She takes time to focus on her family and the community, and takes pride in her duties as a (former) battalion commander in the United States Army and the obligation to serve the community in which she lives,” said Karen Doran, District equal employment specialist.