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Fort Bliss reacts to women in combat decision
kvue.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | ANGELA KOCHERGA

Posted on 01/24/2013 8:57:30 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

EL PASO, Texas -- Reaction to the historic decision to allow women in combat roles was swift at Fort Bliss.

“It’s absolutely the right thing to do," said commanding General Dana Pittard following Wednesday’s announcement made by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Most of the 230,000 combat jobs that will open up to women are in the Army, giving them the opportunity for higher pay and a path to leadership.

“It’s about time they let women have those options -- if they want them,” said Marlana Quendau, 27, who has served eight years in the Army.

“If they want to do combat, they should be able to do it,” said Michael Bennet, another Fort Bliss soldier.

But, some are concerned about the physical capabilities of women in war zones.

“If I’m going to get evacuated and someone’s going to pull me out of a combat situation where I’m injured and something’s going down, I don’t want to be left there by someone who can’t pick me up and move me,” said Fort Bliss soldier Staff Sergeant Kevin Denis.

Women can score lower on physical training tests, but General Pittard said they will have to meet the same combat standards to serve on the front lines.

“We’re going to make sure readiness is not sacrificed in anyway and we’re able to do the mission,” said General Pittard. “That’s just not debatable”

Right now, women face combat situations in their support roles and 15 percent of soldiers serving in Afghanistan are women.

“We have female soldiers in harm’s way every single day. Right here at Fort Bliss some of the soldiers we’ve lost are females,” said Pittard.

All branches of the military have until May 15 to submit a plan for complying by 2016. The leadership at Fort Bliss expects to do that well ahead of schedule since most units now include women.

General Pittard compared this latest development to other historic moments including rescinding the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays members of the military, as well as the integration of the military in 1948.

“In many ways, the Army has led the way for societal elements to be integrated. I’m a product of that foundation from 65 years ago,” Pittard said.

Former soldier Isis Costa heard the news about the lifting of the ban on women in combat on a playground with her three-year-old daughter. She served in Iraq.

“When I was in the military, I wish I would have been able to do combat, but unfortunately that was not an option," Costa said.


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1 posted on 01/24/2013 8:57:33 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This is the real war on women. It will get more women and men killed.

Pray for America


2 posted on 01/24/2013 9:01:01 PM PST by bray (Welcome to Obamaville)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Does the military give men the OPTION of going into combat, or do men just have to follow whatever orders they are given?

Seems like if women have the choice and men just have to do as they’re told, it’s still not “equality”...

When women can be drafted and sent into combat just like the guys, then it will be “equality”. Are these people prepared to take America there?


3 posted on 01/24/2013 9:04:55 PM PST by butterdezillion
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Women can score lower on physical training tests, but General Pittard said they will have to meet the same combat standards to serve on the front lines.

Huh?

4 posted on 01/24/2013 9:06:06 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Tailgunner Joe

EVERY talking head I’ve heard talk about this since Leon’s big, “historic” announcement has brought up that “standards will not be lowered”. That indicates to me that standards will be lowered and the commie libs are just launching a preemptive strike against any criticism because they KNOW standards are going to have to be lowered. JMO.


5 posted on 01/24/2013 9:06:54 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Now Playing. Obama II - The Revenge of My Father.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Pittard is one of Holders people! Thank heaven he’s on the way out of Bliss. Unfortunately he will likely be have another affirmative action promotion!


6 posted on 01/24/2013 9:07:42 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: butterdezillion

Of course they are “prepared to take American there”. It’s not about equality, it’s about making the military as ineffective as possible.


7 posted on 01/24/2013 9:08:43 PM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

In the last couple of days my local Fox TV station news gave this issue tremendous coverage, probably only about 30 seconds was given to opposition views while the lady anchor smirked on screen.


8 posted on 01/24/2013 9:11:47 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Eventually this will all end up in disaster. All of human history as proof vs. OBama’s social engineering. And the local female anchor here also smirked from across her desk to the male co-anchor.


9 posted on 01/24/2013 9:18:55 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I think there should be no "if they want to"...

if this insanity is allowed, then it should be "have to"...not want to...

homosexuals want to be in the military, then their in combat no questions asked....same with women...

women do great work for our military...my own mother was in during the big war.....but I think the combat zones should be left to our natural warriors....men....

10 posted on 01/24/2013 9:19:14 PM PST by cherry
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To: Tailgunner Joe
“When I was in the military, I wish I would have been able to do combat, but unfortunately that was not an option," Costa said."

Only a fool wishes that. If you ordered, you go and give your all.

11 posted on 01/24/2013 9:23:02 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"If they want them,...If they want to do combat...."

Women want it both ways and they want to live by their feelings. This is a fracking joke.

12 posted on 01/24/2013 9:23:49 PM PST by Clock King
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To: FlingWingFlyer

WTH is everything in the Obama era, “historic”?


13 posted on 01/24/2013 9:24:59 PM PST by Clock King
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I think it is rather interesting that the people making the decisions to put women on the frontline of combat won’t be on the frontline during combat.


14 posted on 01/24/2013 9:29:21 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Think of all the hostage crises we will have now!

US troops getting raped and mutilated until they spill their guts on evewrything.

What a wonderful decision.


15 posted on 01/24/2013 9:32:05 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Red Steel

The MSM is going all one sided on this one


16 posted on 01/24/2013 9:34:06 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I was hoping the reaction would be to immediately assign all female soldiers to combat units.


17 posted on 01/24/2013 9:37:40 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Who will pay for their birth control? Sandra Fluke wants to know.


18 posted on 01/24/2013 9:41:31 PM PST by Joe Bfstplk
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To: bray

I think that may be the point.


19 posted on 01/24/2013 9:46:05 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
historic STUPIDITY.

On a biblical scale.

20 posted on 01/24/2013 9:51:22 PM PST by EternalVigilance ('Where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.' Samuel Adams)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I reckon he passed the "litmus test".


21 posted on 01/24/2013 10:12:20 PM PST by Errant
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Good old general petard. If bozo had a brother he would look just like the general. Wait! He does have a brother but he isn’t a general. Who is this guy?

Know what the difference between a but kisser and having your nose up somebody’s butt is?

Nearsightedness.

The general must wear contacts.


22 posted on 01/24/2013 10:13:20 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The US is being led by fools.
23 posted on 01/24/2013 10:24:29 PM PST by suijuris
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To: Red Steel

Ignorance is Strength.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 10:44:08 PM PST by EEGator
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To: suijuris

I’m starting to think this country DESERVES this. I’m having a hard time caring anymore.


25 posted on 01/24/2013 11:07:25 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"giving them the opportunity for higher pay and a path to leadership"

Oh. So that's what it's all about. Money and position. hm.

Nevermind about the security of our Country and our men as long as females get want they want.

Haven't women caused enough trouble already? Why do women want to be men? What is their freekin' mental problem?

26 posted on 01/25/2013 1:37:14 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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