Hazard National Guard Enlist First Woman

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

The Hazard National Guard Armory recently changed the status of its unit and now women are allowed to join. WYMT's Heather Haley talked to the first woman enlisting with the Hazard National Guard.

Tanya Tackett is a 23 year old wife and mother and now she is the first woman to enlist with the Hazard National Guard.

"I've always wanted to join the military but I wasn't really sure about the guard. Since I've got a child it's the most convenient thing for me," Tanya said.

Tanya says it has been hard to get in shape, but her daughter has been helping her workout.

Tanya's husband was in the Army and he says he's told her what to expect at basic training and she says she has told him how to be mom while she's gone.

"I'm excited that she gets to do what she's always wanted to do," said Brandon Tackett, Tanya's husband.

Tanya says she plans on making a career of the Army National Guard.

"And come back here and do my school, get a degree, and do my monthly drills," she said.

Now Tanya hopes she will be an inspiration to her daughter and other women.

"Now it's showing that there are more opportunities opening up for women and with the military, that's a real positive thing now a day," Tanya said.

Tanya hopes other women will soon join her at the Hazard National Guard.

Tanya Tackett left Sunday to finish her processing and then she will find out when she leaves for basic training.

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