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Shelby officer reacts to graduation of women from Ranger School

Lt. Col. Diedre Smith is director of personnel and community activities at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Lt. Col. Diedre Smith is director of personnel and community activities at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

Two women are set to graduate from the Army's Ranger course.

It is the first time women have completed the "swamp phase" to earn the Ranger tab.

Pentagon officials said Ranger School is the Army's premier combat leadership course, teaching students how to deal with stress, fatigue and hunger in small unit combat operations. 

A top officer at Camp Shelby is not surprised to see two women graduating from Ranger School.     

Lt. Col. Diedre Smith, director of personnel and community activities at Camp Shelby, said it shows that one can achieve whatever he or she wants in the Armed Forces, if one is willing to work hard. 

"I think these young women are showing that gender does not define the strength of the soldier's heart," Smith said. "It just shows that regardless of you gender or your age, that they're able to go in and be resilient and strive to meet their personal and professional goals."

The two female soldiers will be among 96 who will graduate Friday from the program at Fort Benning, Georgia. 

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