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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 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 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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Army SFC Steven Jaynes holds his ears during an explosion for 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., Monday, June 25, 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 candidate and Army Captain Stephanie Godman (left) confers with her "Battle Buddy" Sapper candidate and National Guard Staff Sargent Anthony Hughes, as they plan for 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., Tuesday, June 26, 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 Stephanie Godman (right) and the rest of the platoon board 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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With her weapon pointed outward from the truck, Sapper candidate and Army Captain Stephanie Godman watches for a possible ambush while riding 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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The platoon of Sapper candidates lie low in the grass as they watch their Black Hawk helicopter ride arrive to transport them 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 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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Maps are posted up on a line between trees 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., 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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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)