WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Major Lisa Jastor became the first female Army Reserve Officer and third woman ever to complete the elite United States Army Ranger School and earn the highly coveted Ranger tab.
The Ranger School prepares members of the Armed Forces to serve as leaders and members of elite combat forces tasked with dismounted infantry, airborne, airmobile, amphibious, and independent squad and platoon size operations. According to the U.S. Army, last year 4,057 students attempted the notoriously difficult 8-week Ranger School, and only 1,609 earned the Ranger tab.
“I am honored to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Major Lisa Jastor on her incredible achievement. Along with Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver, these women broke seemingly insurmountable barriers because of their exceptional skill and dedication. They exemplify what our nation values most: service, sacrifice, and courage,” said Senator Collins.
At the end of September, the United States Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution, led by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and co-sponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), honoring Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver, the first two women to earn their Ranger tabs.