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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong patrols the scene as she and the Sapper candidates navigate a firefight on a mission, during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Army Capt. Aston Armstrong sheds tears of joy after learning that both she and her friend, Capt. Stephanie Godman, made the cut at the conclusion of the grueling sapper training. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Army Capt. Aston Armstrong sheds tears of joy after learning that both she and her friend, Capt. Stephanie Godman, made the cut at the conclusion of the grueling sapper training. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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With temperatures on the Missouri training course in the triple digits, Capt. Aston Armstrong wipes the sweat from her face during a break as she confers with Army Staff Sgt. Rock Richardson (left) and Army Capt. Pablo Diaz to prepare her platoon for the next mission. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong gets a hug from Army Captain John Todd, a fellow Sapper who also passed as her friend, Sapper candidate and Army Captain Stephanie Godman (left) also celebrates their success as they hug, cry and laugh after learning they both made the cut at the conclusion of the grueling of Sapper School training course at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Taking the leadership role today, Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong talks in whispers to her platoon for the next mission to detonate explosives, during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Monday, June 25, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong (right) is posted up next to her "Battle Buddy" Army SFC Jonathan Guerrero (left) in a clearing during a break to eat a meal during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Hiding in thick brush, Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong returns to her platoon in the cover of thick woods after scouting out the area for the next mission to detonate explosives, during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Monday, June 25, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Taking the leadership role today, Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong prepares the position of her platoon for the next mission to detonate explosives, during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Monday, June 25, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong gives directions to her platoon as they make their way into the thick woods for their next mission to detonate explosives, during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Monday, June 25, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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With temperatures in the triple digits, Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong (right) wipes the sweat from her face as she confers with Army SSG Rock Richardson (left) and Army Captain Pablo Diaz (center) as she prepares her platoon for their next mission during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Monday, June 25, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong carries her weapon as she and other prepare to move from the woods after planning their next mission during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Monday, June 25, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong gets a little help after her rappelling mission down the side of a cliff during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong patrols the scene as she and the Sapper candidates navigate a firefight on a mission, during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Taking the leadership role today, Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong prepares the position of her platoon for the next mission to detonate explosives, during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Monday, June 25, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong joins the platoon as they make their way to have breakfast after two grueling weeks in the field, a day after Sapper School training ended for the candidates at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong wears her long hair in a bun as she joins the men in her platoon for the march back to the co-ed barracks following their breakfast, after two grueling weeks in the field, a day after Sapper School training ended for the candidates at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong joins the men in her platoon for the march back to the co-ed barracks following their breakfast, after two grueling weeks in the field, a day after Sapper School training ended for the candidates at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong joins the platoon as they make their way to have breakfast after two grueling weeks in the field, a day after Sapper School training ended for the candidates at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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For her second fresh meal since training ended the day before, Sapper candidate and Army Captain Aston Armstrong joins some of the men in her platoon at the breakfast table after two grueling weeks in the field, a day after Sapper School training ended for the candidates at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)