• First woman sworn in as noncommissioned combat engineer

    By: Erica Bennett


    DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. - The pledge is taken, the papers are signed, and Pvt. Meosha Morris is on her way to being the Army's first female noncommissioned combat engineer.

    “I’m actually excited and nervous at the same time, because I’m the first female. It’s going to be all eyes on me, and I have to set that standard,” she said.

    Morris, who’s from Adel, Georgia, has a sister in the Marine Corps, so it was natural for her to follow in her military footsteps.

    She also considers herself a tomboy, which could be beneficial.

    “The guys are going to try to push me around, but I have brothers. It's nothing new. Anything guys can do, girls can do, too,” Morris continued.

    In her position, Morris will be detecting mines, along with building and blowing up bridges. Her family was there as she got advice from her higher ups and officially signed up for historic duties.

    “I’m so proud of her. I'm very proud of her,” said her mother, Julia Morris.

    In a time where women are getting equal opportunities in the Armed Forces, Meosha Morris plans to stay humble and do her job. At 22, she's got a lot to learn but feels more than qualified.

    When asked what she'll think about while she's away, with a smile she said

    , “I’d say the home cooking. I'll miss that the most.”

    Next up for Meosha Morris and her colleagues is 16 weeks of training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. From there, she'll go home and get her marching orders.

    Tuesday's swearing-in comes one month after two females completed the Army's Ranger School. That's also a first.

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">History has been made! Meosha Morris is sworn in, signed, and ready to be the Army&#39;s first female Combat Engineer. <a href="http://t.co/FBZvIytLsY">pic.twitter.com/FBZvIytLsY</a></p>&mdash; Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) <a href="https://twitter.com/EricaANjax/status/643808175519567872">September 15, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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