BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – One of the first two women to pass the Army's Ranger School training program is a Connecticut native, according to the Stamford Advocate.
Kristen Griest, of Orange, passed the program along with Shaye Haver of Texas.
Ranger training takes place over 62 days, and features three stages at Fort Benning in Georgia, in the Appalachian mountains, and in the swamps of Florida, reported the Advocate.
The pair will graduate in a ceremony at Fort Benning on Friday.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) praised Griest and Haver for their accomplishments.
"In the military as elsewhere, women are breaking down barriers and proving they are equally capable professionally and personally. These two women graduates are leaders in every sense, having demonstrated the courage and strength to serve in the most demanding, difficult missions," Blumenthal said in a statement. "Their accomplishment shows that the Army should proceed to open combat positions and break down other professional barriers, as directed by former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in 2013, and their graduation from Ranger School shows standards do not need to be lowered, nor should they be. Their success deserves the highest admiration and congratulations, and a special warm wishes to the Connecticut family of Lt. Griest.”
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