One of the two women to complete the Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., is a 2008 Copperas Cove High School graduate.
First Lt. Shaye Haver is an Apache pilot with the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colo.
She made history this week by being one of two women to complete the Ranger course, one of the most difficult schools in the U.S. military. The Army did not release Haver’s name, however, the CBS Evening News and other media outlets were reporting it Tuesday night.
While a student at Cove High, Haver played soccer, earning a spot on the women’s varsity team as a freshman, and ran cross-country track.
She was also a leader in the school’s JROTC program, where the instructor, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Enrique Herrera, said he still remembers the day Haver walked into his office as a freshman.
“I knew at that moment that three years down the road she was going to become my battalion commander, and of course, she became my battalion commander. I have got nothing but praise for that young lady,” he said.
Herrera describes Haver as competitive and squared-away.
“She knew in her mind what she wanted to do, and she went out and did it.”
As a leader in ROTC, Herrera said Haver was always a team-player.
After graduating from high school, she became the first female Copperas Cove graduate to be accepted to West Point.
Haver is among 19 women who began Army Ranger School in April, hoping to earn a Ranger tab, as part of the first gender-integrated class in the school’s history.
“I can’t speak for the other (women) because I don’t know them, but for her, I don’t think she’s going to have any major problems. If there’s a physical problem, like a hurt ankle or something, that happens, but aside from that, her mentality is very, very positive. … She knows what she wants, and she’s going to go forward. I don’t doubt that she’ll make it,” Herrera said last month.