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  • Congratulations to Brigadier General Diana Holland

    by Representative Loretta Sanchez

    Posted on 2016-01-08

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    SANCHEZ of California asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. LORETTA SANCHEZ of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Brigadier General Diana Holland for becoming the first female commandant at West Point.

    I believe Brigadier General Holland's appointment comes at a very pivotal time in U.S. history, when the military pursues to fully integrate women into the military.

    Last month, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced his and the services' decision to open all units to women. This decision would not only open 220,000 jobs for women that were previously closed to them, but it would also open the doors for more women to rise in the chain of command. I believe that we need that to happen in our military.

    Servicewomen have bravely served our country in and out of combat. Finally, we will be giving them the recognition that they deserve. No longer will archaic policies limit the potential of capable and qualified servicewomen.

    The talent and determination of our servicewomen will continue to strengthen our Nation's military, and I am proud to stand behind them.


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