The Army recently announced the appointment of the first female infantry officer. Capt. Kristen Griest has made history by achieving that position. Although I believe this triumph by a woman is well overdue, I’m proud of the Army for opening this door and of Griest for her persistence in breaking through barriers despite the odds stacked against her.
The role of women in the military, particularly in combat, has been controversial throughout time. A small number of women in history have fought alongside men dating back to the Civil War where some women cross-dressed in order to fight. It is only recently women have gained prominent roles in the armed forces. It’s an important step in the name of equality.
As the mother of a growing, impressionable daughter, the wife of a Navy veteran and the daughter of an Air Force veteran, I applaud this mark in history and look forward to others following. Whether in combat, stationed at home or abroad, or in the support system of a service member, women play an important and valuable role in every aspect of the military.