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Pioneer female paratrooper returns to Fort Bragg



Added 08-12-17 01:03:02am EST - “Whatever fear 1st Lt. Bennis M. Blue may have had when she joined the 82nd Airborne Division was quickly set aside shortly after she arrived to her unit in 1978.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Pioneer female paratrooper returns to Fort Bragg”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Whatever fear 1st Lt. Bennis M. Blue may have had when she joined the 82nd Airborne Division was quickly set aside shortly after she arrived to her unit in 1978.

Blue was the first female paratrooper to be assigned to the 82nd Airborne. And the prospect of joining the all-male All Americans was a daunting one for the young officer.

That is, until then-Maj. Gen. Roscoe Robinson Jr. walked into her unit, looked her in the eye and shook her hand.

Robinson - then commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division and later, the first African-American four-star general - welcomed Blue and other female soldiers with open arms.

In a statement issued to the division in 1978, Robinson made clear that the women - five female paratroopers joined the division in June 1978 - were as much paratroopers as any other soldier in the unit.

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