Vt. Army Nat’l Guard combat units open to women

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 09: A member of the Minnesota National Guard stand watch outside the Hennepin County Government Center on March 9, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jury selection is expected to continue today, after a delay yesterday, in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin who is charged in the death of George Floyd last May. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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Vermont became the first state in the country to allow women in all combat units of the state’s Army National Guard. The National Guard Bureau recently gave authorization for the guard’s First Squadron, 172nd Cavalry and the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

86th Brigade Commander Colonel Brey Hopkins said there was “no doubt” in his mind that including women in combat units will strengthen the guard’s fighting force.

Officials said the Vermont National Guard will continue to broaden their diversity and inclusion in the organization.

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