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Midstate military families weigh in on women in combat

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If it were up to Major Stacey Strus, women would have already been allowed in combat. The Dillsburg, York County resident and Logistics Officer with the U.S. Army Reserve said she is happy to finally see some progress.

"So I think that's a great advancement for women," Strus said.

Strus was overseas in Iraq several years ago. She was stationed there for a year. She will tell you she has already put her life on the line and was in combat.

"I have been in several situations where I was under attack," Strus said.

Carol and Floyd Fahnestock said the decision to open combat jobs to women is a longtime coming. They lost their daughter, Kimberly Voelz, in Iraq nine years ago.

"She would probably say to them they should have done it a long time ago," Carol Fahnestock said.

Voelz was killed in action diffusing a bomb near Fallujah.

"My feeling is Kimmy was already on the front line...she was already in combat or she wouldn't have been hurt," Floyd Fahnestock said.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is set to remove the military ban on women serving in combat. It would overturn a rule that has been in place since 1994 the excludes women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.

The move could open up over 230,000 jobs to women, many of those in Army and Marine infantry units.

Some changes could go into effect in May. However, defense officials said the changes will not all occur at once and could take some time.

 

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