The turret gunner was a she
Democracy and military service go together
Posted: February 6, 2013 at 4:14 a.m.
Martin Dempsey, the Army general who’s now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a division commander when he got to Baghdad in 2003 and climbed into a humvee for his first trip off base. “I asked the driver. . . who he was [and] where he was from,” the general remembers, “and I slapped the turret gunner around the leg and I said, ‘Who are you?’ And she leaned down and said, ‘I’m Amanda.’ “And I said, Ah, OK.’ So female turret gunner protecting division commander.’’ One of the things that makes a good commander is the speed with which he can adjust to changed conditions, and the general had just been introduced to another reality of the ever-new U.S. Army.
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Editorial, Pages 16 on 02/06/2013