New female Ranger featured in ad amid controversy

New female Ranger featured in ad amid controversy

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - A group of West Point women is firing back after an Oklahoma Congressman called for proof that the Army's two female Rangers earned their spots on the elite team.

In the meantime, one of those new Rangers is featured in a new Army commercial.

Kristen Griest, one of the first two women to graduate from the Ranger School at Fort Benning last month, is shown in the commercial carrying another soldier on her back.  The photo was taken at Fort Benning during training.

Meantime, as Representative Steve Russell of Oklahoma questions whether Griest and fellow Ranger Shaye Haver are qualified, the West Point women submitted a request Thursday for Russell's military records, according to a report in the Army Times.

Congressman Russell led an infantry battalion in combat in Iraq and is also a Ranger School graduate.

The West Point women say the Ranger's Code is similar to West Point, adding that the congressman's implication that the female Rangers were in some way dishonest goes against their core values.

Russell has asked that Army Secretary John McHugh release documents outlining the female soldier's test scores, evaluations and more by Friday. According to the Army Times report a spokesman for McHugh said the secretary will respond to the congressman.

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