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    First woman to guard tomb of unknown soldiers...

    Sgt. Heather Lynn Johnsen walked into history Friday morning, on a hallowed hillside overlooking Washington.

    In crisp Army dress blues, pants with creases tight enough to cut, Johnsen strode 21 precise steps behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and turned to face the memorial with a sharp click of the heels of her shiny black shoes.

    For Johnsen, that salute on a sunny spring morning marked the end of a long journey.

    ``There is no higher honor or greater honor. I can't think of anything greater to do for my country,'' she said earlier after receiving a sterling silver laurel-leaf honor guard badge.

    After 388 men before her, Johnsen became the first woman to guard the Tomb where four unknown combat victims are buried - one from World War I, one from World War II, one from the Korean War and one from Vietnam.

    For many years, the Army would not permit women to serve on the honor squad because ``The Old Guard'' 3rd Infantry Division that does the job is a combat unit.

    Then, two years ago, the secretary of the Army ruled that women could serve in the 25-member squad that guards the tomb in 24-hour shifts.

    But until now, no woman has overcome the arduous hurdles placed before honor squad candidates.

    Johnsen and the others on the squad have perfect military records, are at least 5 feet 10 inches tall, have completed arduous physical training and have committed large chunks of Arlington Cemetery history to memory.

    For Johnsen, a 23-year-old native of Roseville, Calif., joining the squad has been like winning a wonderful new family.

    When she paced the black mat behind the tomb on her first official march, Johnsen wore the Size 9 shoes given to her by Squad Leader Daniel Torrez.

    ``When coming here, I had to have real leather, male, low quarters, and we happened to wear the same size,'' Johnsen said. ``He exceeded what he had to do.''

    Johnsen, who joined the Army in 1992, served as a military police officer in Korea and Fort Monmouth, N.J., before deciding to seek her new role after watching Old Guard troops ``guarding the Unknowns.''

    ``I knew it was reachable,'' she said.

    For some of the ordinary Americans who were visiting the tomb Friday, Johnsen's first walk provided a little extra sparkle to a moving experience.


    Cpl. Todd Brunouri adjusted the belt of Sgt. Heather Lynn Johnsen

    before she took over Friday as the first woman guard at the Tomb of

    the Unknown Soldier.

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    This is a bad idea. We all know how women make us 'dig our own graves and lie in them.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    This is a bad idea. We all know how women make us 'dig our own graves and lie in them.'
    Right, and we have to provide the shovels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    This is a bad idea. We all know how women make us 'dig our own graves and lie in them.'
    Oh Term...don't be so bitter you are not even married yet.

    And in reference to the actual post and not all the men whining........good for her! Bravo! You go girl!
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    That's an incredible honor for her, and not to detract at all from your post Retmilleo909, but she received the badge maybe 10 years ago. There are three females now.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    That's an incredible honor for her, and not to detract at all from your post Retmilleo909, but she received the badge maybe 10 years ago. There are three females now.
    :And I thought it was a typo. Then that explains the discrepancy in her DOB and enlistment date, which would have made her about 7 years old. Thanks Buttercup, you'd make a great detective Sgt. No, make that a lieutenant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retmilleo909 View Post
    :And I thought it was a typo. Then that explains the discrepancy in her DOB and enlistment date, which would have made her about 7 years old. Thanks Buttercup, you'd make a great detective Sgt. No, make that a lieutenant.
    Can't be a Lt. she actually pays attention to whats going on .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retmilleo909 View Post
    :And I thought it was a typo. Then that explains the discrepancy in her DOB and enlistment date, which would have made her about 7 years old. Thanks Buttercup, you'd make a great detective Sgt. No, make that a lieutenant.
    Haha, I just have a lot of trivia floating around in my head.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    Haha, I just have a lot of trivia floating around in my head.
    Please keep it there BC, 'cause I may need help again real soon, and I'll holler for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retmilleo909 View Post
    Please keep it there BC, 'cause I may need help again real soon, and I'll holler for you.




 

 

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