by Pam Zubeck
FORT CARSON, Colo. - Four Fort Carson Soldiers, to include one of the first female Soldiers, graduated the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Friday.
First Lt. Shaye L. Haver, an AH-64 Apache pilot, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, and another female officer were the first women to graduate from Ranger School out of 400 soldiers, including 20 women that were selected for Ranger School April 19. It was the first Ranger class in Army history to include female candidates.
Haver is a 2012 West Point Academy graduate from Texas and a platoon leader of Company D, 1st ARB. She has been in the Army for more than three years.
"We are extremely proud of Lt. Haver's distinguished accomplishment as one of the first female Ranger School graduates." said Col. Lori Robinson, commander, 4th CAB. "Her dedication and determination in completing the course served as a tremendous example for all Soldiers and leaders in 4th CAB, 4th Inf. Div., and the Army. The skills she has learned
will enhance her capabilities as an Army Aviator and tactical Leader in the Army."
"On behalf of the entire 1-4 ARB, 4th CAB, and the Ironhorse Division, we congratulate Lt. Haver on graduating Ranger school and helping to pave the way for our female service members as a result of this magnificent milestone," said Lt. Col. Stephen Gilbertson, commander, 1st ARB. "Lt. Haver demonstrated outstanding dedication, perseverance, and physical toughness through this arduous process. We are extremely proud of her accomplishment, her ability to break barriers, and we look forward to her returning to our team and resuming her platoon leader position in the near future."
Other Fort Carson graduates were Staff Sgt. Michael C. Calderon, who was the William O. Darby Distinguished Honor Graduate which is awarded to the Ranger that shows the best tactical and administrative leadership performance, has the most positive spot reports and has demonstrated being a cut above the rest. The recipient must also pass all graded leadership positions, peer reports, and may not recycle. The award is named in the honor of Brig. Gen. William O. Darby, who organized the 1st Ranger Battalion in 1942 with handpicked volunteers leading the way onto the beaches of North Africa. Calderon is a Menifee, California, native and is assigned as an infantryman to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div. He has been in the Army for more than five years.
Sgt. 1st Class Cyril L. Komanecky II is a native of Dekalb, Illinois, and has been in the Army for more than 11 years. He is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., as an infantryman. Spc. Logan A. Williams is a native of Leesburg, Virginia, and has been in the Army for more than 2 years. He is assigned to 2nd IBCT, 4th Inf. Div. as infantrymen.