Wallace made history on Wednesday when she graduated ITC, becoming the first Arkansas female to complete the course. Until 2013, women were barred from serving in combat arms positions.
On Wednesday, Staff Sgt. Tasheenia Wallace became the first Arkansas female soldier to graduate from the Infantry Transition Course.
Wallace deployed with the 2nd Battalion Infantry Unit in 2008. She enjoyed her work with the unit on the deployment, but at the time, women were not allowed to serve in combat arms positions, such as the infantry. That ban on women serving in combat positions was lifted in 2013.
This month, Wallace attended ITC, a two week training program at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center in North Little Rock.
“It was very physically and mentally demanding,” said Wallace. “I had to do everything to standard just like everybody else.”
The training focuses on moving quickly and quietly through rough, wooded terrain while carrying heavy loads. In addition to the physical requirements, the course requires soldiers to plan maneuvers and emphasizes leadership in the field.
“I just want to be able to be on the front line like the guys. They have families that they go home to just like I do. I joined the guard because I wanted to be someone who could defend our country. I didn’t do it just because of the title of being a soldier, but because I want to lead. So, being on the front line is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Wallace.
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