“Having family here is like having a piece of home here with you,” Leo, an Ava, Mo., native said. “I can just go and hang out with him and he understands me. It’s nice to have someone who understands you without having to say anything.”
Ping Medvigy added that rock climbing tests her both mentally and physically the same way the military tests her military bearing and discipline.
To those who practice Polynesian dance, it is more than a simple beat and good choreography. Polynesian dancers move with “mana,” a spiritual word meaning the power of the elemental forces of nature embodied in an object or person.
Condyles excelled in the heavy drop course and earned the Indian army’s Medal of Excellence for achieving the coveted “i” indicator on her completion certificate. The indicator means she performed at such a high level that she is qualified to be an instructor for the course.
“I got it! I’m the first foreign officer that’s ever gotten the “i” grade before, so that was pretty neat!”
With 15 percent (approximately 202,400) of the military’s force being women, much of whom have deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan, Pollock says there is no reason women shouldn’t be allowed to infiltrate the homeland’s fighting force as well. “I have deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan,” exclaims Pollock. “Both times as a medic and have been in many situations where I was the only female and only medic. There, gender didn’t matter.”