Female military members sue to serve in combat


Col. Ricky Gibbs, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division ? Baghdad, places a Purple Heart on the collar of Sgt. Jennifer Hunt, a civil affairs specialist assigned to Company A, 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), 360th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), for wounds suffered due to enemy contact during her deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt, a civil affairs specialist in the Army Reserves, served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where she was wounded by an roadside bomb in 2007. She is one of several servicewomen joining a lawsuit filed Tuesday, November 27, 2012, challenging the Pentagon’s policy excluding women from combat positions. (MCT)