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NC Army base celebrates role of women in defense

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FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) -- Fort Bragg is honoring the legacy of military women with a speech by an Army pioneer.

Army spokesman Ben Abel says retired Army Col. Marsha Lunt speaks Friday during a Women's Equality Day observance at the Fort Bragg Club. The event is free and open to the public.

Lunt was commissioned in 1978 and was one of the first female ROTC cadets to become Airborne qualified.

While serving with the 8th Medical Battalion in Germany, Lunt led an all-female U.S. military team on a four-day, 100-mile march. She worked with medical units around the world and retired as an Army Reserve officer in 2008.

Lunt has worked as the emergency manager at Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center since 2002.

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