The Sapper Leader Course has graduated its first female enlisted soldier, according to an Army release, more than three years after the 12B combat engineer military occupational specialty opened to women.
Sgt. Hailey Falk, 23, received her Sapper tab on Dec. 7, according to the release.
“During, it seemed like the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Falk said in the release. “Then, after, I [thought] I could do this again, honestly.”
Falk’s leadership at B Company, 39th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, recommended her for Sapper school after she made E-5 last summer, thanks to her high physical fitness test scores.
“Sgt. Falk is an outstanding noncommissioned officer and embodies the ‘be, know, do’ leadership model and esprit de corps,” Staff Sgt. William Frye, her squad leader, said in the release. “She accepts the most difficult task without hesitation. As an NCO she leads from the front and drives troops forward to accomplish all missions.”