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Combat ban lifted for female soldiers; locals react

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Military women will soon be moving to the front lines.

In a groundbreaking move, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta says he is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat.

The move opens hundreds of thousands of front-line positions for female soldiers.

Former Army National Guard member Adreann Miller served six years for the 267th Maintenance Unit in Lincoln.

She thinks that front line combat is still a man's job; but if women want combat jobs- it's more power to them.

Miller says she joined to help support the troops. "Well my first job I was a cook," explains Miller. "I wanted to support the troops because that's where I felt I belonged. And then I became a mechanic, which is still supporting the troops."

Panetta's announcement overturns a 1994 rule that restricts women from being assigned to the front lines and elite combat divisions.

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