November 25, 2017

Highest-ranking female officer in Afghanistan would rather talk about war than gender

Source: Stars and Stripes

Journalist: Phillip Walter Wellman

KABUL, Afghanistan — Sitting in her office at NATO’s Resolute Support headquarters one recent afternoon, Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes played down the history she made this summer.

“It’s interesting, but — whatever,” she said while passing a plate of Girl Scout cookies that she called “a good reminder of home.”

In July, the Idaho native became one of the most important leaders of NATO’s Resolute Support mission — focused on training, advising and assisting Afghan security forces — when she took command of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, or CSTC-A.

She also assumed the highest position of any female servicemember in the 16-year war.

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