Orange woman talks about becoming U.S. Army Ranger

Kristen Griest (Photo: Amity Regional High School)

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — Captain Kristen Griest, an Orange native who will make history when she graduates from U.S. Army Ranger school on Friday, is talking about it.

Captain Griest went through weeks of grueling training to get to this point. Now she hopes other women will take a page from her book.

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“I just came here to try and be a better leader and improve myself, and I feel like I did that,” she said. “For other women who have that same goal in mind, just keep that goal in mind and just don’t lose sight of it. Just keep reminding yourself why you are there and they’ll be fine.”

The Captain is one of two women in this year’s graduating class. Unlike the male graduates, the two women can’t apply to join the 75th Ranger Regiment. The Pentagon is not expected to make a final decision about the roles of women in combat until later in 2015.

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