On the morning of New Year’s Eve, I was proudly able to honor another hometown hero, Private Kassandra Woodward of Vevay. Pvt. Woodward is one of just 13 women to have ever graduated from the Marine Corps’ Infantry Program. I was able to present her with a certificate of recognition as well as an American flag that had been flown over the Statehouse in Indianapolis. This of course is just a very small token of our appreciation.
Until 2013, the Marine Corps’ Infantry Training was only open to men. This training program is a 59-day course which includes a Combat Fitness Test consisting of carrying 90 pounds of combat gear on a 12.5 mile march. Women must complete the same physical tasks as men participating in the program, including the completion of at least 3 pull-ups. Kassandra and her colleagues are making the strides necessary to open up more doors for women when it comes to ground combat jobs.
It is not very often that one gets an opportunity to truly say thank you for a stranger’s distinctive service. It is even rarer to have the opportunity to do so twice in the same year. As a state representative, I can honestly say that these opportunities are the most rewarding part of my job.
In the coming year, I resolve to continue to use my position as a means to honor those amongst our society whom deserve it the most. Whether by fighting in the armed forces for the freedom of democracy or by simply reaching out to me to share your thoughts and ideas on the most pressing issues facing our state, my job would not be possible without you. That is a thought I have carried with me in all that I have done during my time in the legislature and will continue to do throughout 2014.
Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.