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Not My Only Daughter
The recent decision by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to allow women to serve in combat roles isn't sitting well with one former military man.
"So women to you should not be in combat roles? No, I don't feel that they should, not at all," said John Malone.
The Georgetown father is worried his daughter could end up on the front lines in Afghanistan. A place - he feels - women don't belong.
PFC Rachel Malone is just 20-years old. She's not even old enough to drink. But the sobering reality is starting to set in that she may called into combat.
She's packing her bags but this trip is no vacation. Malone is on her way to Afghanistan for nine months..
"I'm so scared right now," said Malone.
The 20-year old is making history. Malone is one of the first females to be deployed - just days - after military brass lifted the ban on women serving in combat roles. It's a scary, modern-day reality this army intel specialist is struggling with.
"I don't know, it's still sinking in really," added Malone.
Malone is second generation military. Her dad John served in the Navy. He's proud of his daughter's decision to enlist in the Army. But doesn't support the military's decision to allow women on the front lines.
"It's difficult I've got to keep her pumped up to make sure she stays pumped up and not scared of going," said her father.
Malone isn't ashamed to admit she's a little scared.
But she's ready to step up - and show up - to protect the people she loves.
"Knowing I'm over there protecting my family at home my friends at home, letting them do what they want to do makes me happy," said Malone.
Malone plans to spend some quality time with her dad before deploying from Camp Mabry the first week in February.
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