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Army Nat'l Guard officer becomes first woman in OR to join combat role

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Second Lieutenant Deanna Holliman commissioned at a ceremony at OSU in September. Second Lieutenant Deanna Holliman commissioned at a ceremony at OSU in September.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Earlier this month, the U.S. Military made the historic move to open all combat posts to women.

FOX 12 spoke with one Oregon woman who's making history for her combat role.

Second Lieutenant Deanna Holliman has made history in Oregon for branching into combat arms. 

Holliman is the first woman in the Oregon Army National Guard to go into combat arms as a field artillery officer. She was commissioned in a ceremony at Oregon State University in September.

Turns out, Holliman didn't even know she was making history until someone told her right before the ceremony.

This month, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the decision to open all front line combat positions to women. Women will now be allowed to serve as Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy Seals and more.

Not all branches have shown support for the move.

Some leaders in the Marine Corps say studies show "integrated units" do not perform as well as those made up of only men. 

Meanwhile, Holliman told FOX 12 she supports the move but thinks some details need to be hammered out, such as making physical fitness standards equal because they have been tougher for men.

"So, I could see what that concern would be because if you're in one of those combat roles, the standard should theoretically be the same. So, there are small bugs that need to be worked out," said Holliman. "Outside of the military there's no where you'll be able to find that sort of role. Basically, I like the uniqueness of the position."

Holliman will head to Oklahoma for training at the beginning of January. She plans to graduate in May then return to Oregon to serve in the National Guard.

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