When Jeanne Pace graduated from Lakes High School in Tacoma, Wash., in 1972, a recruiter approached her, offering a quick option to enroll in college, honor a minimal commitment, and then exit the military within three years.

Little did they both know, while signing this initial enlistment contract, that Pace would go on to become the longest serving female warrant officer, last member serving of the 14th Women’s Army Corps Band, and be among the longest tenured female soldiers on active duty.

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