FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Today, August 1, was an historic day at Fort Benning as four women graduated from the M1 Abrams Tank Systems Maintainer Course, being the first to do so.
The course is 16 weeks long, consisting of classroom and field training. 18 US soliders and one Egyptian soldier graduated today. Their primary responsibility will be performing maintenance on the Abrams tanks.
PFC Emma Briggs was among the graduates today. "It's a great feeling to be one of the first females in the MOS," she says. "It's kind of crazy. I actually didn't even know that I was the first female until I got to Fort Benning, so it's pretty awesome."
These women are leading the way for other women in the field. They could eventually be some of the first female instructors to come back to Fort Benning to teach tank mechanics.