Marisol Valles Garcia is a criminology student and the new police chief of a small town in the state of Chihuahua, in Mexico. It is the most violent region in Mexico, where more than 28,000 people have been killed by drug cartels- including hundreds of police officers, public officials, and their families.
She plans to have her mostly female, and unarmed, force focus only on prevention with community education programs.
An all-conference athlete in high school in five sports, Shaina Cales is now a standout at Xavier University’s ROTC program. She lost her fiancee, a fellow student, to a roadside bomb in Iraq back in July. Since then, she has been named a leader at her university’s program and is ranked 6th among more than 6,000 ROTC graduates this year.
“Mike started asking me why I worked so hard in ROTC, why I cared about grades. When I said I wanted a good job, he asked me why I wanted a good job,” she recalls.
“He asked questions for 10 minutes, and then he said, ‘Shaina, I’m trying to get you to say because it makes you happy. That’s the big picture.'”
Cales, a standout athlete at Ripley High School who earned All-Conference status in five sports in a single academic year, says she fell in love with ROTC from the start.
Full story here.
Many graduates of Officer Candidate School complain about the beloved ascot they must wear. Imagine OCS in the summer heat of Afghanistan, wearing this:
These women are part of the first class of women to attend an Officer Candidate School for the Afghan National Army (ANA). The School is run by Afghanistan’s Command and Staff College, with Afghan instructors and mentors made up of female officers from the international military coalition in Afghanistan. Unlike in the United States, the women’s program is separate from the men’s program. Similar to the United States- although even more restrictive- the career field choices for women are limited by cultural restraints.
The first class of 29 women graduated September 23rd, and most of them will serve as finance and logistics officers. Pictures of the ceremony can be found here and here. [Please note the bangin’ hairdo of Her Awesomeness, Brig. Gen. Anne Macdonald, in the Flickr album.]
3-time All-American in high school
4-time All-American at University of Central Florida
Member of the first US women’s soccer team (1985)
Lead scorer in FIFA’s first World Cup for women (1991)
2- number of World Cup championships won by US National teams on which Akers played
Gold Medal in the 1996 Olympics
105 career international goals
FIFA’s Female Player of the Century
one of 2 women on FIFA’s list of the 100 Greatest Soccer Players of All Time
author of several books, including one on her battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
nearly auctioned off the memorabilia from her soccer career to save her Georgia horse rescue farm, which was devastated by a flood
Had a place on my pre-teen wall with Kirk Cameron and Wil Wheaton