Deja Evans wants to fly.. and fly one day she will. Evans is the second woman from Wisconsin to go into infantry, but the first in the state to go airborne.
After narrowing it down to the Marines and Army, the 2016 high school graduate eventually decided to become a soldier, she told Fox 6 News.
Evans says, “It’s an honor to be one of the first.”
Airborne infantry was not her first choice, but it seems fitting since it runs in her blood. Her father has told stories about the rush of jumping out of an airplane, during his time in the 82nd Airborne — in the mid to late 90’s
“I’ve always seen myself as a leader,” Deja Evans says.
Another 18- year-old, from Kansas, will be joining Evans to become the first woman in her state to enlist as a US Army infantry soldier.
Tristan Guzman was sworn in on May 24 at the US Army Recruiting Battalion in Kansas City, Missouri. Guzman says she knew she wanted to go into the military since she was very young.
She knew she wanted to travel the world and already had a strong background in athletics. At first she thought about the Air Force, but eventually decided on joining the Army.
According to the Topeka-Capital Journal, she will also receive her airborne classification after completing 10 weeks of basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Joining the infantry had nothing to do with being the first female from her state, Guzman says. “I’ve always been interested in Special Ops and infantry would get me close to that,” she said.
It’s no surprise this young woman from a small town in Kansas has such big dreams. Her parents always told her if there’s something she wanted and she set her mind to it, she could do it. “Never give up,” they said.
Well– she’s certainly following their advice.
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