By: Leah Holloway –
Being a part of the South Carolina National Guard requires a great amount of dedication. Lieutenant Colonel Renita Berry is taking on a new responsibility, as Commander of the 218th Leadership Regiment in the South Carolina National Guard.
“It’s an extremely rewarding opportunity to lead soldiers that have such an important mission for the nation, and that’s to train and develop the next generation of soldiers”, says Colonel Ronnie Finley, who is passing on the position to Berry.
Not only is Berry taking on the role as commander, she is the first African American woman to receive the position.
“To a lot of females who look like me, I will serve as their role model letting them know that they too can accomplish what I’ve accomplished. But the biggest and most important part is that I’m a soldier, and I just happen to be a black female soldier”, says Berry.
Whether making history or not, Berry believes it’s all about one thing.
“Taking care of soldiers and making sure that whatever their requirements are whatever their needs are the needs of their families that you’re doing you’re very best to take care of them.”
Taking on new roles while making history.