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A portion of the Sapper platoon makes their way through tall grass after arriving on a Chinook helicopter, en route to a base for the planning of 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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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Stephanie Godman is silhouetted by a star-filled night sky after taking part in a night time ambush 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 Stephanie Godman repels 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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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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A man plays the part of the enemy as 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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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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Sapper candidates and Army Captains Aston Armstrong (left) and Stephanie Godman (right) 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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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Stephanie Godman prepares for a mission to repel 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 Stephanie Godman (left) and the rest of the platoon make their way to a waiting truck to be transported to a site for the 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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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 Stephanie Godman (left) takes her turn at lunch as she eats a military Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) while her "Battle Buddy" Sapper candidate and National Guard Staff Sargent Anthony Hughes keeps watch and is posted up in a clearing to help form a perimeter as the platoon breaks for 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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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Stephanie Godman (right) is joined by her "Battle Buddy" Sapper candidate and National Guard Staff Sargent Anthony Hughes as they post up deep in the woods to help form a perimeter 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 Stephanie Godman gets instructions as she prepares to take a position along the perimeter 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 candidates and Army Captains Stephanie Godman (bottom) and Aston Armstrong (top) listen to instructions as they prepare for a mission to repel 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 Stephanie Godman sits in the sweltering heat with some members of the platoon aboard a truck to be transported to a site for the 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 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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After taking care of medical details and missing breakfast with her platoon, Sapper candidate and Army Captain Stephanie Godman (second from right) joins them as they get their orders for the morning, 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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Army Sgt. First Class Troy Winters, Sapper Leader Course Chief Instructor (left) reads off the names of those candidates and whether or not they will make the cut and graduate or have to re-take parts o the course, at the conclusion 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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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)