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  • The first woman in the infantry in the California National Guard: 'I knew I was going to go out and have an adventure'

    After a recent training in Elk Grove, Staff. Sgt. Cyndi Baltezore talks about how she feels to be the first woman to earn a spot in a front-line California National Guard infantry unit, a position that was open to men exclusively until last year.

After a recent training in Elk Grove, Staff. Sgt. Cyndi Baltezore talks about how she feels to be the first woman to earn a spot in a front-line California National Guard infantry unit, a position that was open to men exclusively until last year. Video by Sue Morrow and Randy Pench The Sacramento Bee
After a recent training in Elk Grove, Staff. Sgt. Cyndi Baltezore talks about how she feels to be the first woman to earn a spot in a front-line California National Guard infantry unit, a position that was open to men exclusively until last year. Video by Sue Morrow and Randy Pench The Sacramento Bee

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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

An Army leader told her women didn’t belong in combat units. That only made her try harder

May 26, 2017 11:46 AM

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