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A Montana National Guard soldier became the first woman to complete the rigorous Army Sniper Course. The unidentified woman successfully finished her training Nov. 5 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

“We are extremely proud of this soldier’s achievement and recognize that this is a milestone not only for Montana, but the entire National Guard and Army,” said Maj. Gen. J. Peter Hronek, the adjutant general of the Montana Guard. “This soldier had to volunteer several times to reach this goal, which is a demonstration of her dedication and commitment to service.”

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The soldier took the course in September based upon recommendations of her training staff and command, after demonstrating “superior performance,” according to a Montana Guard press release. By then, she had completed both basic training and the 22-week Infantry One Station Unit Training.

“The soldier met every standard required to graduate … the sniper course,” said Capt. David Wright, the sniper school’s battalion commander. “She arrived prepared for training and physically conditioned to succeed.”