Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, and Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson, of Huntingdon, Tenn., signs a memorandum ending the 199

 

              Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, and Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson, of Huntingdon, Tenn., signs a memorandum ending the 199
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, and Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson, of Huntingdon, Tenn., signs a memorandum ending the 1994 ban on women serving in combat roles in the military, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)