Armed Forces News

Two soldiers — one from Pennsylvania, another from South Carolina — became the first female National Guard members to graduate from the rigorous and prestigious U.S. Army Ranger School. Staff Sgt. Jessica Smiley, the South Carolinian, is a military police officer. Sgt. Danielle Farber is a site training instructor with the Pennsylvania Guard’s 166th Regional Training Institute Medical Battalion. They finished the course at Fort Benning, Ga., Dec. 13. They join four active-duty comrades — three officers and one non-commissioned officer — as the only women to earn the Ranger tab.