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 1950s, a news release said. 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.

As part of the exhibit, the role and service of Col. Cindy Haygood, of Gonzales, and retired Master Sgt. Tanya Whitney, of Sorrento, are highlighted. 

Haygood, formerly of Leesville, joined the Louisiana Army National Guard in 1988 and was commissioned as an officer in 1992. Haygood was part of the security force during Hurricane Katrina and has deployed to Iraq, a news release said. She serves as the commander of the 225th Engineer Brigade. Haygood is the first female to command the 225th and the first female to lead a second direct reporting unit. 

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 fall 2018. The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jackson Barracks, Area C, 4209 Chenault Blvd., New Orleans.

There is no cost for admission, however, all exhibit development is funded exclusively through generous donations.

For more information, call (504) 278-8664.