This is my best friend for the past 14 years. We met at Bco 3ird Brigade Special Troops Batalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division on July 12th 2006 at the end of day formation, it was a Wednesday. She intimidated the **** out of me. She actually intimidated the **** out of everyone, she was a complete bad-ass, not in the "hurdur im a stronk woman" way but in the way that she was made of steel. Her first impression, and only side most people would see, was that of a remorseless killing machine. I'm the first to **** on female soldiers, but she was the 1 out of 100 that actually belonged in the military. She put the fear into everyone around her, even a senior Drill Sergeant to the point that after the stepped off the trail he would tell a story about how there was only ever one soldier that he had ever been afraid of, and it was her. She was what they now call "old school" army, joined after 9/11 to kill terrorists back when the female standard was a lot closer to the male standard.
Despite all that hardness, she was always the first one to help a person who was having trouble, always looking out for and protecting the newer soldiers. She liked helping soldiers so much that she actually changed jobs to personnel specialist so she could solve problems.