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NEWS | March 8, 2010

Female Soldiers filling non-traditional roles in KFOR

By Sgt. Jesica Geffre North Dakota National Guard

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo, - When the commander of Multi-National Battle Group-East was told that his maneuver units would not be allowed to have females, he asked for an exception to the policy and eventually deployed with all of his female Soldiers.

"I want to thank the women of this command for their contributions and service," said Brig. Gen. Al Dohrmann of the North Dakota National Guard during an event marking the start of Women's History Month.

Dohrmann said Soldiers from other countries are surprised by females holding some of the jobs that they do in MNBG-E.

For example, the G-3 operations officer-in-charge position, which is held by Col. Giselle Wilz, has traditionally been held by a male officer.

Dohrmann said he believes the females in his battle group are succeeding and excelling at their jobs in Kosovo, and it is important to recognize their contributions.

Wilz said that she was lucky to come through the ranks when she did because many barriers had already been broken.

"I didn't know any limitations growing up," she said. "I believed the only limits we had were the ones we put on ourselves, but I did realize that in addition to making my own opportunities, I had to take full advantage of those opportunity's that presented themselves."

Wilz advised both male and female Soldiers to fight for opportunities, and "then give it everything you have to be successful."