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Meet the First Woman in the U.S. Army to Graduate as a Combat Engineer

Meet the First Woman in the U.S. Army to Graduate as a Combat Engineer

Just days after the U.S. military opened all combat roles to women; a Vermont National Guard soldier made history as the first woman in the U.S. Army to qualify as a combat engineer.

Spc. Skylar Anderson, of Derry, N.H. became the first woman to be certified as a combat engineer.

The 20 year old, who is a junior at the University of Vermont, said it was a "big eye-opener" when she was told by her instructors that she was the first woman to complete the course, which allows her to work alongside combat troops.

Fox 5 reports that the her job as a combat engineer "can include clearing mine fields, defusing or detonating roadside bombs, and building or destroying bridges."

According to Fox 5, Anderson hopes she can be a role model for women in the military.

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Photo Credit: Associated Press