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Three Fort Hood women excelling in combat roles

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Sgt. John Healy | U.S. Army

Pvt. Anika Degraff and Pvt. Larissa Schwerin, two of the first female fire direction specialists assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, prepare for their shift Nov. 19.

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FORT HOOD — Three soldiers joined the Army for adventure, only to become the first women to serve as fire direction specialists in the field artillery branch, following the Defense Department’s decision to open combat roles to women this year.

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Sgt. John Healy | U.S. Army

Pvt. Anika Degraff and Pvt. Larissa Schwerin, two of the first female fire direction specialists assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, prepare for their shift Nov. 19.

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