Meet The first African-American Woman To Graduate From U.S. Army Ranger School – Video

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Black history is made every day, not just during Black history month. Sgt. 1st Class Janina Simmons knows this firsthand. At 1000 hours today, she became the first African-American female soldier to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School. Whereas 34% of Ranger candidates repeat at least one phase of the three-phase course, Simmons completed the 62-day training course without recycling.

“I’m humbled to be here…62 days of training and I made it the first time through,” Simmons told ConnectingVets. This isn’t the first time Simmons has made history.

In December 2018, she became the first woman to finish first place in the Fort Jackson qualifier for the Bataan Memorial De-ath March. According to the U.S. Army website, Simmons completed the 16-mile march in two hours and 52 minutes while carrying her 25.8 pound rucksack.

The U.S. Army twitter account praised Simmons as a “model U.S. Army soldier” following the historic moment. When it comes to what’s next, Simmons has options, but for now, she’s celebrating a dream achieved and another path blazed.

This is how people reacted to this post:

Bobby NealCONGRATULATIONS SO PROUD OF YOU FOR YOUR GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT AND THE EXAMPLE YOU HAVE SET FOR OTHERS MAY GOD BLESS YOU TO SHINE ON

Kathleen Savage SimsShe did it because she worked hard for an ELITE group. Has nothing to do with color and everything to do with determination and skill, and education.

Pat AlstromCongratulations on your successful mission at ranger school!! I have known many rangers in the army and it is not an easy training!! And they’re men!!!! Keep up the great work!!! Good luck with your service!!

Pastor Kurt BeardWhy did they have to make such a deal of her being “black”…she is just an incredible lady, what she had to go through is unbelievable, she didn’t get any help from anyone, she did it on her own…what a remarkable young lady….God Bless you.

Laura DukesCONGRATULATIONS so proud of and for you, Because of you young lady a change in history has taken place, May you be blessed endlessly through out your life for all you have done and will continue on doing, Thank you

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