I Was One of Six Female Bomb-Disposal Technicians in the Marines
Michelle Kuranishi, Marine Corps, 2000-12
The NY Times does a piece on America women sevring in the US Armed Forces on International Women’s Day…..
Across the armed services, women made up 16 percent of the active-duty military as of 2017 — by branch, that number ranged from 8.4 percent within the Marine Corps to nearly 20 percent within the Air Force. Their representation is small and growing only marginally — in 2007, women in uniform made up 14.4 percent of the force — and their stories tend to be ignored in favor of legacies left by men who have shaped the narrative of service to country. Despite being overlooked, servicewomen are forging new career paths for themselves and the next generation as they enter jobs that were once closed to them. Consider pioneers like Capt. Rosemary Mariner, who was one of the first female Navy pilots in the 1970s and the first woman to lead a naval aviation squadron. She died in January from ovarian cancer, and her memory was honored last month with a flyover using all-female pilots. Or First Lt. Marina A. Hierl, who in 2018 became the first woman in the Marine Corps to command an infantry platoon.
For International Women’s Day, The Times asked servicewomen and veterans to send us the stories that defined their experiences in the military. We left it to them whether to share their accomplishments, the challenges they faced or something unforgettable from their time in the military. Below is a selection of the more than 650 submissions we received….
We Had an Unbroken Bond After That Night
Staff Sgt. Nakita Goad, Marine Corps, 2010-Present
Sept. 14, 2012, will always be a day I remember because my base, Camp Bastion, was attacked and every Marine dropped their wrenches, grabbed their rifles and brought the fight to the enemy. I’ve never been more proud of those Marines than I was on that day. After that, it seemed as though we all had this unbroken bond that we would be able to talk about only with one another. It’s not much, but it’s something I won’t forget.