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The announcement by the Pentagon that the ban on women in the combat has sparked controversy around the nation.

 

Oregon National Guard spokesman Capt. Steven Bomar says the edict will have the most affect on the Army, Marines and Air Force because the Guard has deployed women for a long time: "Well, we'll see what comes down from our service secretaries on what specific jobs are now going to be open. But we'll continue to recruit the best and the brightest to any of these positions that are available. Interestingly enough, for the Oregon National Guard, this is not going to change us all that drastically, as you know we've been deploying females in combat since the first Gulf War and since 9/11."

 

Bomar says the change will be phased in over the next few years.

 

He adds that by lifting the ban, the doors will open for more women to advance in their particular branch of service.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Purcell Boulevard Northbound lane between Neff Road and Full Moon Drive (West side of the hospital) is closed until December 20th.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.