Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta hands Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson a document he signed during a news conference at the Pentagon, Jan. 24, 2013, to lift the Defense Department’s ban on women in direct ground combat roles. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.
By opening up more opportunities for people to serve in uniform, we are making our military stronger and we are making America stronger.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta hands Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson a document he signed during a news conference at the Pentagon, Jan. 24, 2013, to lift the Defense Department’s ban on women in direct ground combat roles. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.

By opening up more opportunities for people to serve in uniform, we are making our military stronger and we are making America stronger.