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Old 09-02-2018, 10:50 AM
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Thumbs up This staff sergeant is the first enlisted woman to earn a Ranger tab, and she’s not i

This staff sergeant is the first enlisted woman to earn a Ranger tab, and she’s not in combat arms
By: Meghann Myers 9-1-18

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Soldiers during swamp phase of Ranger school on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The first enlisted woman to graduate from the school donned a Ranger tab on Aug. 31. (Staff Sgt. Scott Brooks/Army)

The Army’s Ranger school at Fort Benning, Georgia, holds a graduation every few weeks throughout the year, but Friday’s marked an historic moment: One of the graduates was an enlisted woman, the first enlisted woman to earn the coveted Ranger tab.

Staff Sgt. Amanda Kelley, 29, is the first enlisted woman to earn her Ranger qualification, according to 1st Armored Division spokeswoman Lt. Col. Crystal Boring.

She was one of 127 students to graduate on Friday, according to Fort Benning spokesman Benjamin Garrett, out of 347 hopefuls who began the training in late July.

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Congratulations to @USArmy Staff Sgt. Amanda F. Kelley for being the first enlisted woman to graduate Ranger School, and earn the coveted Ranger tab today at Fort Benning, Ga. She is the true definition of an #IronSoldier!
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Kelley is a Fort Bliss, Texas-based electronic warfare specialist with the 1st Armored Division’s combat aviation brigade, Boring said.

She has previously been stationed in South Korea and deployed to Iraq, according to Newsweek, who first reported on her graduation.


Congrats to Kelly - you make us all proud!


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