Women from the Upper Peninsula have been serving in the military for a long time, and being among the first to do so in a number of fields. A U.P. woman was among the first women to become an Air Force pilot in the 1960s. Before that, another pioneered the first women's Air Force auxiliary during World War II. Now, an Army Reserve sergeant from the U.P. is the first woman of her rank with a combat engineer company, a specialty that has been closed to women.
: "Receive the report," 1st Sgt. Raquel Steckman ordered the company.
Each platoon sergeant did, taking accountability of Soldiers among their ranks.
They reported back to Steckman: the first woman in the Army appointed to a combat engineer company as a first sergeant.
But for her, being a woman is irrelevant. When the topic is brought up, she laughs it off entirely.
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Source: U.S. Army Public Affairs