Retired Major General cheers decision to open combat roles to women

WASHINGTON, DC – Retired Major General Paul D. Eaton, Senior Advisor to the veterans group,, released the following statement on the decision of the Department of Defense to open up all combat roles to women, today.

“Today’s announcement is a significant decision from the Department of Defense, and a welcome development,” said Eaton.  “While we need to see how entry of women into all combat roles will be handled from a practical standpoint, what is true is that many women have already been handling ground and air combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan, and have proven themselves more than capable and brave.  It is only right that women be allowed to officially qualify for those roles.  Our military can only get stronger, if we open up to our best, most qualified and able, no matter their gender.”

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