Guam – Guam Senator Frank Aguon Jr. is commending Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for lifting the ban on women in combat.
READ the release from Senator Aguon below:
AGUON ‘COMMENDS’ SEC. OF DEFENSE PANETTA’S LIFT OF BAN ON WOMEN IN COMBAT
Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr. has released a statement regarding U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s decision to lift the ban on women in combat. The move revokes a 1994 directive that has restricted women from serving in infantry units:
“Out in the field, it doesn’t matter what your gender is–what matters is your ability to fulfill and execute your duties. I know firsthand that our sisters, wives, and daughters in the military are no less able and no less courageous in their service to our country and people. This is a small but significant step for equal opportunity. I commend Sec. Panetta’s decision.”
Sen. Aguon is a member of the Guam Air National Guard and has been deployed to Afghanistan twice–from 2007 to 2008 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and most recently from 2011 to 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of the Committee on U.S. Military Relocation, Homeland Security, Veterans’ Affairs and the Judiciary in the 32nd Guam Legislature.