It was a source of much discussion, as the six readers here are aware.
I guess this sums up my view: Women are very capable of being in combat, but shouldn't be in it anyway.
Of course, maybe her commrades would disagree with me!
This definitely show that capability and bravery aren't issues!
Click the link below to read the whole article about badass Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester.
(Fromwww.defenselink.mil) Here is an excerpt:
June 16, 2005 – For the first time since World War II, a woman soldier was awarded the Silver Star Medal today in Iraq.
Hester's squad was shadowing a supply convoy March 20 when anti-Iraqi fighters ambushed the convoy. The squad moved to the side of the road, flanking the insurgents and cutting off their escape route. Hester led her team through the "kill zone" and into a flanking position, where she assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 grenade-launcher rounds. She and Nein, her squad leader, then cleared two trenches, at which time she killed three insurgents with her rifle.
Hester, who has been in the National Guard since April 2001, said she didn't have time to be scared when the fight started, and she didn't realize the impact of what had happened until much later.
"Your training kicks in and the soldier kicks in," she said. "It's your life or theirs. ... You've got a job to do -- protecting yourself and your fellow comrades."
Chick... (And I mean that in a respectful, endearing way! Don't shoot me!)
Thank you Sgt. Hester. And congratulations! :)
Thank you to all our military, and all the military of other countries (yeah, that's you, Pool) dedicated fighting evil and spreading freedom. Y'all rock, too.
Hat tip to IMAO!