The role of women in US armed forces has seen a major uplift in the past few decades in terms of both ground and air combat. Witnessing a woman in any major role in the military used to be a rarity about a century ago. Today, they are actively taking part in such military roles as at hard core combat and command that were only considered the forte of men.
Few of such women merit a mention because of how unabashedly they defy the stereotypical gender roles through their actions and come across as true wonder women;
Major Lauren Edwards
Originally a combat engineer belonging to the Marine Corps, Major Lauren Edwards stood true to the need of the hour when during leading a convoy of combat engineers in war torn Iraq (2003), her unit came under attack. Having never been directly fired at before, it came as a surprise when she led and strategically defended the group of roughly one-fifty engineers and all the vehicles along.
Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester
Since World War II, Sgt. Leigh Anne happens to be the first woman to have earned the Silver Star Medal, and for good reason. She utilized her close combat antics when her squad got fired at in Iraq during the war. When almost dozen insurgents attacked, she walked right into the line of fire to directly take down three of the Iraqi insurgents from a dangerously close range. The right impulse and quick decision making are two crucial factors in such a situation; she proved to be a master in both as she saved the lives of her convoy members.
Lt. General Patricia Horoho
Having assumed the highest medical rank of the US Army as the forty-third Surgeon General, Patricia Horoho has been able to make reality something that hasn’t happened in the last two hundred years; being a female non-physician to take up the Surgeon General Rank, that too while working in the capacity of a nurse. Her extensive experience in the trauma units won her the revered Society of Trauma Nurses Leadership Award as well.
Cpl. Mary Beth Monson
Corporal Mary Beth won the Woman of the Year Military Leadership Award in 2013 for the way she maintained her calm and composure while acting strategically when her base came under fire. She was deployed in Afghanistan when a few combatants, disguising as American soldiers but actually belonging to the enemy, launched a full blown assault on the base. During the attack, she acted heroically by helping everyone inside keep calm while after that, she spent a good eighty hours cleaning the place when it wasn’t a part of her unit’s responsibilities. Her strategic yet quick approach of taking things in control in the face of an unforeseen blow made her stand out as one of the most composed female officers.