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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Council on Foreign Relations Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a regular contributor to Defense One. Lemmon is the author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Here Are the Two Women Who Completed Army's Ranger School

August 19, 2015 Their names are 1st Lt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shaye Haver. They are the first women to ever have completed the U.S. Army Ranger School and on Friday they will affix the “Ranger tab” patch to their shoulders. According to the men who guided them through it, they are the...

Meet the Women Who Survived Army's Ranger School (Navy SEALs Are Next)

August 19, 2015 Correction: This report originally swapped the ranks of Capt. Griest and 1st. Lt. Haver. Their names are Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st. Lt. Shaye Haver. They are the first women to ever have completed the U.S. Army Ranger School and on Friday they will affix the “Ranger tab” patch to...

In Swamp Phase, Women Ranger Candidates Blend Right In

August 7, 2015 EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — If they make it through Army Ranger School and earn the coveted Ranger tab, the three women soldiers – West Pointers all – now facing the Florida swamps and the Georgia mountains will become the first women ever to do so. They also will...

Where Are Pop Culture’s Women Warriors?

August 4, 2015 Over the past decade, a string of war movies emerged in the wake of 9/11: The Hurt Locker, Syriana, The Messenger, Green Zone, Lone Survivor, and American Sniper, to name just a few. Some have performed better than others at the box office, and many have received critical acclaim. Almost...

As Deadline Nears, Special Ops Chiefs Talk Women In Combat

July 24, 2015 Six months out from the January 1 deadline by which all U.S. military jobs will open to women unless exceptions are sought by the services, special operations leaders past and present took on the topic of women in combat. Looming large in the debate are the Cultural Support Teams, or...

Three Women Advance, Inspire at US Army’s Ranger School

July 14, 2015 They’re still in it. In the mountains of North Georgia, the U.S. Army Ranger School’s second phase opened as it has countless times before: with more than 150 men competing to beat the terrain, meet their instructors’ challenges, and earn the right to wear the coveted black-and-gold Ranger tab. Only...

How One Woman Earned Her Way Onto the Special Ops Battlefield

May 14, 2015 Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from the book Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Defense One contributor Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. “Get your bags into the vehicle. Now!” A training instructor was standing on the sidewalk before a...

Army Shows Women No Slack at Elite Army Ranger Qualifiers

April 15, 2015 FORT BENNING, Ga. – On a lonely stretch of road inside the confines of Fort Benning, Ga., a sea of bobbing red lights bounces off soldiers’ headlamps and illuminates the grey-black pre-dawn morning. It is 5:00 am and 44 soldiers began the six-mile foot march. Just another morning and another...

A New Day in US-Afghan Relations, But for How Long?

March 26, 2015 This was a week to remember for the Afghan hands, so long out of the spotlight as America’s longest war wore on. From the White House to a joint session of Congress to a glittering (for Washington) State Department dinner for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah,...

Obama Insiders Divided About Shifting Fight From Assad to ISIS

February 3, 2015 In 2011, President Barack Obama said, “For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” Three and a half years, 200,000 deaths and more than 3 million refugees later, Assad shows no signs of abandoning the Syrian presidency. The mission that “Assad...