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8:05 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Supports Pentagon Lifting Ban On Women In Combat

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Credit Chris jensen for NHPR

  U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she is pleased the Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat roles.

Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the announcement "reflects the increasing role that female service members play in securing our country.”

The decision overturns a rule enacted in 1994 by the Pentagon that kept women from serving in combat roles.

Ayotte says she has seen firsthand servicemen and women working together in a range of dangerous operations.

She says she is glad military service leaders will be providing guidance as the policy change is implemented.