WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 3, 2015) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), one of the first two female combat veterans ever to serve in Congress, on Thursday praised U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s landmark decision that all combat position in the U.S. military will be open to female servicemembers, without exception, starting in 2016.
“Over 280,000 women have deployed and served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11,” Gabbard said. “Many of these women have not only served effectively in combat, they have earned some of our nation’s most prestigious awards for their leadership, skill, and bravery. This change is long overdue, and will increase opportunities for women who meet the required standard, to serve our nation in any job in the military. It’s encouraging to see that the Department of Defense policy is finally catching up to the reality of the ways women have been contributing and serving our country.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a twice-deployed combat veteran and a Major in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard. Earlier this year, she introduced a resolution with Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02) congratulating the historic accomplishments of Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, the first two women to graduate from Army Ranger School.