Local women highlighted in new National Guard Museum exhibit

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
COL Cindy Haygood and MSG (Ret.) Tanya Whitney

Two local soldiers are honored at the National Guard’s Museum at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans in a new exhibit "Women of the Guard." Women have supported the military in Louisiana since 1718 and have been an integral part of the Louisiana National Guard since the 1950’s. The exhibit highlights the historical development of women’s participation in the U.S. military and the Louisiana National Guard. The exhibit contains images, artifacts, stories, and words from women who led the way, inspired, and continue to motivate young women today are presented.

As part of the exhibit, the role and service of COL Cindy Haygood of Gonzales, La. and MSG (Ret.) Tanya Whitney of Sorrento are highlighted. COL Haygood formerly of Leesville, La. joined the Louisiana Army National Guard in 1988 and was commissioned as an officer in 1992. COL Haygood was part of the Security Force during Hurricane Katrina and has deployed to Iraq. She currently serves as the Commander of the 225th Engineer Brigade. COL Haygood is the first female to command the 225th and the first female to lead a second direct reporting unit. MSG (Ret.) Whitney joined the Louisiana Army National Guard in 1987 after serving four years on active duty in the Army. She served five years as a full-time technician with the Army Aviation Support Facility in New Orleans and was assigned to Company D, 244th Aviation Battalion. In 1995 she accepted a position with the National Guard’s Title 10 active duty program and was assigned as the Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor for the Army’s Fixed Wing aircraft. After deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Whitney retired in 2010 and continues to work with veterans locally.

The exhibit will be open until the Fall of 2018. The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum is located on Jackson Barracks, Area C, 4209 Chenault Blvd. New Orleans, La 70117. There is no cost for admission however all exhibit development is funded exclusively through generous donations. For more information call 504-278-8664.

Contributed by Rebecca Lawrence