Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Rep. Steve Russell questions Army over selection of female Rangers

U.S. Army First Lt. Shaye Haver, front, and Capt. Kristen Griest, right, with other female West Point alumni after an Army Ranger school graduation ceremony, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Fort Benning, Ga. More than 75 women West Point graduates gathered for the ceremony. John Bazemore AP

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FORT BENNING, GA. - An Oklahoma congressman and combat veteran has demanded that the Secretary of the Army produce paperwork documenting the performance of the women who recently graduated Ranger School.

Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., a retired Army lieutenant colonel with deep roots in the infantry and Fort Benning, sent the letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh on Sept. 15, and the Ledger-Enquirer obtained it late Tuesday from Russell’s office.

Among the documents he requested are patrol grade sheets, spot reports, phase evaluation reports and sick call reports “with Ranger Instructors’ comments for each and every phase to include every recycled phase and class.”

He also requested peer evaluations and “a complete breakdown of each female candidate’s recycle history and dates for each phase.”

The request from Russell comes nearly four weeks after Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver became the first women to graduate from the Army’s most demanding combat training school, which was established in 1951.

A third female soldier is currently in the final phase in Florida and could graduate next month.

Russell, an infantry battalion commander, was chief of tactics at U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning in 2005 and retired a year later. He is Ranger qualified.

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Food for thought:  When is sexual discrimination against women in America going to end, most importantly within the ranks of our military?!!!

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