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The Turret Gunner Was a She

mhood175 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 11:28 AM
In spite of the training and the discipline incorporated into that female I would guess she 'automatically' reacted the same way she would have in civilian life - because she was happy and delighted - that's what women do, they hug. She should have been able to control herself in spite of her inclination to hug, but she didn't, she lapsed apparently. Her 'habit's over took her training. Not a firing squad offense but inappropriate!

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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