Friday, December 11, 2015

Louisiana Army National Guard Gets New "Molly Pitcher"

La. National Guard enlists first female field artillery soldier
Shreveport Times
Spc. Megan V. Zander
241st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
December 10, 2015
Pvt. Journae Q. King takes the Oath of Enlistment as the first female automated tactical data systems specialist in the Louisiana National Guard at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Belle Chasse, Nov. 30. (Photo: (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Megan V. Zander/Released))
NEW ORLEANS – Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced last week that all military jobs will be open to women.

For the first time in U.S. military history, gender will no longer be a deciding factor or disqualification.

The Army had already begun the process of integrating some jobs, including many field artillery positions that were opened to women in October.

On Nov. 30, Pvt. Journae Q. King made history for the Louisiana Army National Guard as the first female to enlist as a field artillery automated tactical data systems specialist.

After completing training, King will operate communication systems, assist in the preparation of computer centers, prepare field artillery tactical data systems, and determine target locations using computers or manual calculations.

King, 21, of Laplace, graduated from East Saint John High School. She was attending college at Southern University when the military caught her eye.
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Molly Pitcher was a patriot who carried pitchers of water to soldiers and helped with cannon duty during the American Revolution's Battle of Monmouth.