Department of Defense photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

The debate over the integration of women into combat arms roles hit a contentious point earlier this month, as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said his recommendation to the secretary of defense will be to open all roles to women in the Navy and Marine Corps. This came on the heels of a controversial report by the Marine Corps on the results of its Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. Marines involved in that task force found that women performed equal or below in most all cases to the lowest 5% of men as a group, according to a since-deleted Facebook post from Marine Sgt. Maj. Justin LeHew, the senior enlisted advisor for the Marines’ Training and Education Command.

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Photo courtesy of Chad Russell

Twelve weeks before my wife’s due date, her water broke. Finding out that my wife and I were having a child together was the most amazing feeling in my life so far. Learning that we would be having twins was even more incredible, and to top it all off, we were having one boy and one girl. I was anxious and excited to become a father and build a family.

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