Judith A. Cassidy
Upholding the Legacy
In Lubbock, Texas Judith A. Cassidy married David A. Bramlett and a military spouse was born. Throughout her husband’s career as an Army Officer, Judi profoundly believed Army wives, individually and collectively, possessed extraordinary talent that should be shared with one another.
August 24, 1971
She later carried the idea with her to Fort Campbell, KY where it was renamed Interaction 101.
At Fort Bragg, NC, Judi introduced the Women’s Information Network (WIN), an innovative series of conferences for and about Army wives.
At Schofield Barracks, Army wives Sharon Gilliam and Judi Bramlett teamed together to develop the first Women’s Conference for Army wives. They recruited workshop presenters from throughout the military community and from professional, educational, and governmental sectors of the state. This proved to be an invaluable template for future conferences.
Judi went on to direct additional Women’s Conferences in Alaska.
Judi returned to Hawaii where she introduced her concept to friend and future co-chair, Janel Howell, a Marine spouse. Only this time, Judi was reaching for new horizons to include all military spouses. Judi and Janel brought the Joint Women’s Conference -Military Wife: Spirit of Ohana- to fruition. The first conference was held at Hickam Air Force Base. The purpose: “To provide a forum for military wives that will enrich, empower, uplift, enlighten, motivate, and strengthen them in their roles as women, wives, mothers, and community leaders.”
Legacy ['leg.e.si] noun
Planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.
At the age of 61, Judith A Bramlett died in her home after a courageous two year battle with lung cancer. Her legacy lives on and her spirit is alive here today.
November 20, 2008