Connecticut woman among first ever female U.S. Army Rangers

Jesse Gosselin, News 8 Digital Executive Producer, WTNH - ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) - A Connecticut woman has been selected to become one of the United States Army's first ever female Rangers.

Captain Kristen Griest, a native of Orange, is one of 96 soldiers selected this year to become a U.S. Army Ranger. Captain Griest, along with First Lieutenant Shaye Haver, are the first two women ever selected to become Rangers.

Griest grew up in Orange, and is a graduated of Amity Regional High School. Griest was a standout member of Amity's Cross Country running team.

Griest's family sent this statement to News 8 through the U.S. Army Press Office:

The families of CPT Kristen Griest and 1LT Shaye Haver wish to issue the following statement:

"CPT Griest and LT Haver are just like all the soldiers in Class 8-15 - happy, relieved, and ready for some good food and sleep. Like everyone who will pin the tab on Friday, they are exceptional soldiers and strong teammates."

The families are asking that you respect their privacy and the privacy of all the families and friends of Ranger Class 8-15. This is a monumental and joyous occasion for all 96 soldiers who will be pinning on the Ranger tab on Friday, August 21.

The journey of Class 8-15 has been exciting and exhausting and just as they trained as a team, they wish to celebrate as a team.

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