In case you missed it, Here and Now had an excellent conversation Thursday afternoon regarding the Pentagon's decision to allow female soldiers in official combat roles.
One of the guests was Maj. Candice Frost, who has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, and is currently stationed at Ft. Knox, Ky.
Here's what Maj. Frost said when asked about concerns over whether female soldiers could meet the physical demands of being in combat:
“I had some outstanding soldiers who served for me when I was a company commander. And some of my soldiers did an outstanding job with rucksacks just as heavy as their male peers’. And were able to climb many of the same mountains, walk in the same footsteps that those male soldiers did. And were able to collect vital intelligence that served and actually saved lives of American soldiers and targeted Taliban forces. So I can say proudly that I have served with many women who have walked in those same footsteps of their male peers.”
Fort Knox is dedicating a memorial to a 19-year-old soldier who died in Iraq in 2006 and posthumously received the Medal of Honor. The memorial display in honor of Spc. Ross A. McGinnis will be unveiled and dedicated at the central Kentucky post at 1:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 7.
A fire truck that responded to the terrorist attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 will be displayed at the General George Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox. Museum director Christopher Kolakowski told The News-Enterprise that the truck is being prepared and preserved before it is put on display.
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Kentucky Soldiers Preparing U.S. Exit from Afghanistan
Military prosecutors have dismissed charges of larceny and selling military property for the sale of body armor against a Fort Knox soldier. The charges against Staff Sgt. Hunter Perry were dismissed on Wednesday, according to a memorandum signed by the Army installation's commanding general Maj. Gen. Jefforey Smith, the same day that his court-martial was scheduled to begin.
Fort Campbell is holding suicide prevention training and other events this week as part of the Army's Suicide Prevention Month to educate soldiers, their families and civilians on how to spot the warning signs of suicide.
Female soldiers from Fort Campbell deploying to Afghanistan will field test the first Army body armor that is shorter and better tailored specifically to fit women's physiques. Members of a female engagement team from the 101st Airborne Division, who will be directly interacting with Afghan women during the coming deployment, have been equipped with the female prototypes of the newest generation of Army tactical vests.
As the nation pauses to remember the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, Fort Knox will host a Patriot Day ceremony. The event will include a 9/11 video presentation and music by the Fort Knox Army Band.
new long-term rehabilitation center for soldiers at Fort Knox is celebrating a ribbon-cutting this week. The ceremony for the Warrior Transition Battalion Complex will be held on Wednesday afternoon at the post. The new center located near Ireland Army Community Hospital will provide a temporary home for wounded, ill and injured service members who need at least six months rehabilitative care.