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Women To Join Marine Infantry

From Military Times:

Soon, enlisted women also will have an opportunity to attend infantry training, Dunford said. Marine officials are developing plans to assign female Marines to the Corps’ Infantry Training Battalions, which fall under the Schools of the Infantry.

Starting in May, women will be considered for about 400 positions within six types of battalions:

• Amphibious assault

• Artillery

• Combat assault

• Combat engineer

• Low-altitude air defense

• Tank.

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18-year old girl, Rukhsana Kauser, is an awesome warrior.

Rukhsana Kauser may not look like much, but she is awesome.

Why? Let me tell you what Rukhsana Kauser did when a very bad man, Abu Osama, broke into her home and attacked her family.

When this bad guy burst into her home he was confronted by her father. Abu Osama attacked the father, beating him terribly.

18 year-old Rukhsana Kauser and her 19 year-old brother were hiding under the bed in her room, watching the severe beating of their parents at the hands of this terrorist, Abu Osama. Only, instead of getting terrorized, she got extremely angry.


“I couldn’t bear my father’s humiliation…I thought I should try the bold act of encountering militants before dying.”

– Rukhsana Kauser


Rukhsana and her brother grabbed a couple of hatchets, crawled out from under the bed, and charged forward.

Ruksana grabbed Abu Osama by his head, and slammed the back of his skull against the wall. Then, as he was backed up against the wall, she smashed him with the hatchet.

As he started to slump down, Rukhsana reached down, grabbed his AK-47, and cracked him in the face with the stock, then flipped it around, and pumped twelve rounds into his head and torso at point-blank range, killing him instantly.

The other five bad guys found themselves facing a raging teenage girl with an AK. In the few seconds that followed, Rukhsana wounded two more terrorists, and sent the rest running for cover.

The terrorists tried to return fire, but Rukhsana and her brother (who had picked up a rifle that one of the militants dropped) exchanged gunfire until the bad guys ran off.

Rukhsana Kauser stood up, defended her family from some of the most notorious criminals in Northern India. She and her brother had fought off six terrorist by themselves, killing one and wounding a couple more. Abu Osama, one of the most dangerous criminals in the world, was lying dead at her feet.

She not only saved every member of her family, including herself, from certain death, she also managed to rid the universe of a very bad man.

That, my friends, is awesome.


“I had never touched a rifle before this, let alone fired one – but I had seen heroes firing in films and I tried the same way. Somehow I gathered courage.”

– Rukhsana Kauser


She has been relocated to a witness protection program, nominated for the highest award for civilian bravery offered by the Indian government, and awarded the $6,000 bounty that had been placed on the head of the fallen terrorist leader.

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Hesitation Kills: A Female Marine Officer’s Combat Experience in Iraq


Major Jane Blair talked about her memoir Hesitation Kills: A Female Marine Officer’s Combat Experience in Iraq. She kept a journal of her and her fellow Marine officers’ experiences in the Iraq war. The guest interviewer was Representative Loretta Sanches (D-CA).

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British Female Medic Awarded Military Cross

From: American Ranger

Courageous Army medic awarded Military Cross

By Brian Brady, Whitehall Editor
Sunday, 27 March 2011

An Army medic who put herself in “mortal danger” to treat a wounded Afghan soldier under heavy Taliban fire has been awarded the Military Cross, Britain’s third-highest medal for gallantry.

Lance Corporal Kylie Watson, who gave the casualty medical care in exposed open ground for 20 minutes before getting him to a helicopter, is one of more than 130 servicemen and women commended for bravery in the latest military honours list.

The medic, who also made a 100-yard dash through enemy fire to help another Afghan soldier, was praised for her “immense courage [and] willingness to put her own life at risk”.

L/Cpl Watson, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, stemmed the soldier’s bleeding despite being hampered by other Afghan troops, and got the injured man to a helicopter landing site 200 yards away.


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Thigh Holster for Women’s Concealed Carry

From: Chics with Guns


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FET works with Now Zad District governor to improve, rebuild area


Female engagement team in Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan

Maj. Aniela K. Szymanski, the Civil Affairs Group team leader in Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan, greets the deputy district governor, Haji Saied Abdul Quyum, at his compound, April 8. The meeting between Szymanski, Marines with the Female Engagement Team, and the district governor, Saied Murad Sadat covered the growth of the Now Zad women’s center, the local schools and other upcoming community improvement plans.

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CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – The female engagement team in Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan, is pushing for the speedy development of a women’s center, new school and other community projects.

In an effort to move the plans along, the Marines and their interpreter met with the district governor, Saied Mourad Sadat, at his compound, April 8.

They have made progress in the short time they have been here, but acknowledge there is still a long way to go.

“I wish things would work short term, but everything takes a long time to accomplish,” said Sgt. Habiba Abida, a team leader with FET 12, Now Zad. “It’s hard to give yourself deadlines for certain goals.”

The focus of the meeting was largely on the efficient development and management of the women’s center, but also on the female population in Now Zad as a whole.

“I’ve heard FET go and talk to females and ask what problems they have,” Sadat said. “Then [FET] comes and tells me what the women said so I can help, and it is positive for Now Zad and its people.”

Staff Sgt. Martha Warren, the staff non-commissioned officer in charge of the Regimental Combat Team 8 FETs, asked the district governor what specific problems women in his district were having.

“There is nothing for the widows,” Sadat replied. “We are in the process of getting [females with skills] to work and teach each other to provide for themselves.”

Warren, of Stone Park, Ill., also asked what specific impact FET was having on the local community.

“FET is a very good thing, because for the past five years with the war, lots of people have lost everything,” Sadat stated in response. “Females should know how to take care of themselves and their children.”

This is one of the main objectives of FET: to give women the skills and knowledge they need to make a living for themselves or to help support their husbands and families.

“Females are important, because a lot of families here are poor,” Sadat said. “Husbands go to the Taliban for work, but if the wives can teach husbands to work with the government instead of with people who are trying to destroy the country or villages, it will be good.”

They also discussed the hiring of a custodian for the women’s center, and how to teach local woman skills such as agriculture and sewing.

“I would love to say that by my first [mission break] I will have a full-time custodian at the women’s center, chickens for the coops, and sewing machines so the women could sew uniforms for Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan public schools,” said Abida, an Arlington, Va., native.

Abida felt that progress was made, and plans to meet in the near future to continue discussions were set. The district governor closed the meeting with an invitation for the FET Marines, and others with their unit, to join him for a dinner at his compound later that evening.

The dinner included a bonfire, traditional Afghan meal, music and hookah, but little talk of business. The dinner was more about a celebration of the growing working relationship between the Marines and the people of Now Zad.

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Female Engagement Team Marines bridge gap between Western, Afghan culture

By Sgt. Jesse Stence

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan
Sgt. Meredith Burns has fielded numerous questions about females in combat since she deployed to Afghanistan as 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s Female Engagement team leader nearly six months ago.

The FET is a favorite target of media looking to document females on the front lines, but the real story is sometimes lost, Burns said.

The FET Marines aren’t meant to be interchangeable with infantry regulars; rather, they complement the coalition counterinsurgency strategy by reaching out to Afghan communities in a culturally sensitive way. They help amplify the voice of Afghan women.

When asked what civilian job is like being a FET Marine, Burns smiled thoughtfully, pondering the question.

Like a community organizer? A negotiator, a fund-raiser?

There are so many aspects of this job; it’s not just one thing, Burns finally said. There is no one civilian job I could compare it too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lance Cpl. Ashley M. Rockhold, driver with 4th Platoon, Military Police Company

Lance Cpl. Ashley M. Rockhold, driver with 4th Platoon, Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regement 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, is a unique asset to her unit. Rockhold, from Linesville, Iowa, has her explosive license to haul ammunition for her unit. Marines with Military Police Co. are currently training for their upcoming deployment to Afghaistan.

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