In the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, two of the medics are women - the only women in the unit of over 350 members.
SPC Jamie L Jameson, of Palm Springs, California, has been in the Army for six years and this is her second deployment. SPC Iris G Almazan is also from southern California. These two medics have been given an opportunity that is unusual for women to have - they have the opportunity to go out and walk side by side in combat with their brothers-in-arms.
"Not a lot of females get this chance, but we have earned our keep here. It feels good to know that we are part of the team now and that we have earned their trust," said Jameson.
These two Paratroopers go out on missions on pretty much a daily basis and are considered one of the team by the team they are attached to.
These are two women who took the hard turn in their careers, and have found the rewards and fulfillments that come with those choices.
Medics are often the quiet heroes in warfare. They put their lives on the line to save their comrades. Their jobs are difficult. They are to be admired.... and thanked!
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