Oklahomans react to Pentagon's plan to reverse ban on women in combat

Oklahomans react to Pentagon's plan to reverse ban on women in combat
Oklahoman Modified: January 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013
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AT A GLANCE

Oklahomans react to planned reversal

• Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who will be the top Republican on the Armed Services panel: “I do not believe this will be a broad opening of combat roles for women, because as (a) 2012 report indicated, there are ‘serious practical barriers which must be resolved so that the department can maximize the safety and privacy of all military members while maintaining military readiness.' ... As a flight instructor, I have flown with both men and women, and their skill sets are the same.”

Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau

• Retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, Oklahoma secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs and the first female commander of the Oklahoma National Guard: “We can't put women in these positions if they aren't qualified to go. We will have some women who will be able to meet the requirements. Why would we not let them do it? The truth is, this nation needs the finest fighting force it can produce. You find who can do the mission that you have, and you utilize them. ... The door wasn't completely thrown open. There were a lot of caveats. But it does say to those people that are adamantly opposed, ‘if they can fit the bill, give them a chance.'

Bryan Dean, Staff Writer


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