First African American Woman Graduates from US Army Ranger School

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Sergeant 1st Class Janina Simmons graduating from the US Army Ranger School. (Facebook)

Sergeant 1st Class Janina Simmons became the first female African American soldier to graduate from US Army Ranger School on Friday, April 26.

Simmons completed the 62-day training course and will join more than a dozen women in wearing the coveted black and gold Ranger tab, WBBM radio first reported. The 29-year-old, who is based out of Fort Jackson, South Carolina, told the station that graduating was a “surreal” feeling.

“I’m humbled to be here… 62 days of training and I made it the first time through,” Simmons said.

Simmons is one of several women who have graduated from the school, according to WBBM radio. Staff Sergeant Amanda Kelly became the first female, non-commissioned officer (NCO) to graduate from US Army Ranger School in 2018.

Simmons told WBBM that it is important to have more female NCOs…

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