Capt. LeeAnn Roberts is a military assistance training team leader at Al Kasik Training Base in Iraq, where she is the only woman among 8,000 personnel. She tells USAF journalist SrA. Mark Woodbury that the Iraqi recruits were hesitant at first to take instruction from a woman, but that changed when they realized she was an expert at her job, teaching policing and military skills. The first group she trained called her “my sister,” and it has stuck from group to group. She served in the Army for 12 years before making the leap from green to blue.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.