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The Turret Gunner Was a She

2nd Fundamentalist Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 9:58 PM
Well, I guess I'm kind of ambivalent about this. Once I was against women in combat, but the women have served with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let's face it. Some women are tougher than some men (think Olympic athletes versus run-of-the-mill males). Don't forget the women who fought on the front lines for the Russians in WWII when the Germans were threatening Stalingrad and Moscow. Some women just LOVE the military, which is a vocation I wouldn't want.

Martin Dempsey, the Army general who's now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a division commander when he got to Baghdad in 2003 and climbed into a Humvee for his first trip off base. "I asked the driver ... who he was (and) where he was from," the general remembers, "and I slapped the turret gunner around the leg and I said, 'Who are you?' And she leaned down and said, 'I'm Amanda.'

"And I said, 'Ah, OK.' So female turret gunner protecting division commander."

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