Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik made the following statement on the announcement that the first female U.S. Army Special Forces Qualification Course candidate will graduate on July 9th, 2020 and receive her Green Beret and Special Forces tab.

“The graduation of the first female U.S. Army Green Beret is an important and hard-earned milestone,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This achievement is a testament to this soldier’s individual strength, courage, and commitment, and also an important institutional milestone for U.S. Special Operations Command as it embraces the cultural change that will continue to make it the most successful and elite Special Operations Force in the world. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities – which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Special Operations Command – it is truly an honor to congratulate this newest Army Special Forces soldier for her accomplishment. I hope she is the first woman of many to wear the illustrious Green Beret.”