INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published January 24, 2013, 05:06 PM

Ban on women in combat was officially lifted today

(WDAY TV) -- Though the ban on women in combat units was officially lifted today, defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it's a reflection of what has already been happening.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- Though the ban on women in combat units was officially lifted today, defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it's a reflection of what has already been happening.

Many women have been found in combat through the past decade. In 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Debra Lien deployed to Kosovo with a mixed gender unit, performing duties that only infantry units had done in the past.

She says lifting the ban could provide more opportunities.

Lt. Col. Debra Lien says, "We have both male and female soldiers that are extremely capable and competent and know their job, know how to do their job, and excel. I think giving them potentially other opportunities to explore other avenues that they'd like to take a look at is just a great opportunity for our soldiers."

She says lifting the ban will have little effect in North Dakota, where men and women already work side-by-side.

Tags: