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Kristen Auge, Deputy Director of Public Affairs, introduces soldiers from left, Army Sgt. 1st Class Katie Reed, Army Sgt. Cassie Mecuk, Army Staff Sgt. Andrea Drost, Army Sgt. Katie Warden, Air Force Maj. Ann Todd, and Air Force Master Sgt. Holly Caroon at the Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Training and Community Center following Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta's and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey's announcement regarding women in combat. The Minnesota National Guard says it will integrate female soldiers into previously all-male combat infantry units. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT