CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.- Cpl. Amy Gentry, a military policeman with Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stands in the company’s vehicle compound aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 11, 2010. Gentry won the second place in the Individual Pistol portion of the Camp Lejeune 2010 Intramural Small-Arms Competition held in early March. Gentry was also nominated as CLR-27’s outstanding woman in honor of Women’s History Month. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Katesha Washington) , Gunnery Sgt. Katesha Washington, 3/11/2010 8:47 AM
3/19/2010 By Gunnery Sgt. Katesha Washington 2nd Marine Logistics Group
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.
In the 1940s, when women were first allowed to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, female Marines did not qualify with weapons and they were not required to learn hand-to-hand combat, but they received specific instruction on etiquette and how to wear makeup.
Oh, how things have changed.
Cpl. Amy Gentry is a prime example of just how much life has changed for women serving in the Marine Corps since their integration into the service. Gentry is a fire team leader with 2nd Platoon, Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and has deployed twice to Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She served solely as a heavy machine gunner from August 2007 to March 2008 and both as a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle driver and heavy machine gunner from February to September 2009.
You would never know the 23-year-old woman is a combat veteran who loves to fire weapons and lead Marines just by meeting her; her calm, quiet demeanor fools most people into thinking she is just a soft-spoken young lady.
Gentry’s platoon sergeant, Sgt. Brenden Colley, said although she is not like the average rambunctious Marines in his platoon, he sees a lot of potential for her to develop into a strong leader.
“She has a very quiet confidence about her,” he noted. “Because she is [so] competitive on paper, in competitions, and during deployments and field operations, we utilize her to guide new Marines when they check in.”
Recently, Gentry gave her command even more reason to be proud of her…read more here