September 1st, 2015
On August 21, West Point Graduates Captain Kristen Griest and Captain Shaye Haver became the first female soldiers to graduate from the U.S. Army Ranger School. This is a significant milestone for the military and for women everywhere.
As the Army’s premier leadership course, Ranger School is one of the military’s most challenging and exhausting training programs, designed to create elite combat leaders. Out of the 381 men and 19 women who enrolled in April, only 94 men and two women completed the training.
I am so inspired by Kristen and Shaye. As a graduate of the first class of women from the United States Military Academy in 1980, I have also spent most of my life in “non-traditional” female roles. I served in the U.S. Army for six years, and when I got out, I became a special agent with the FBI. I got my first job in security in 1992 at A&P and my introduction to healthcare in 2005 as Chief Security Officer for Medco. In 2010, I was contacted about the Information Security Officer job at Johnson & Johnson. I came in to interview and decided it was the perfect fit.