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“I don’t think it’s about being a boy or a girl,” she says. “It’s ‘Do you meet those standards?’ Can you do three pull-ups and run that fast?”
When deployed, she usually works in a team of three, usually with two male bomb techs attached to Army infantry units. Just last week, she completed her first mission as team leader - the bomb tech who wears the cumbersome protective suit and makes all of the decisions during a mission.
She says the primary emotion she experiences while disabling an explosive is not fear, but frustration.
“It’s too hot, the robot’s not working right, someone got through the cordon - a local will walk right past it, and you get mad. We’re just focused on the actual item.”
Sgt. Martinson says civilians often are surprised to find out what she does for a living. Many say, “I didn’t know there were girls in the bomb squad,” she says.
When she wears a bomb-tech sweatshirt, some will ask her if her boyfriend is in an explosive-ordnance disposal unit.
“Yes, he is, but so am I,” she says.
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Kristina Wong is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence affairs. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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