Major Lisa Jaster became the third female in the history of the U.S. Military to graduate from the Army Ranger course at Fort Benning, GA on Friday. According to a press release from the Army, Jaster is one of several thousand service people in the Army’s Individual Mobilization Augmentee, or IMA program.
According to Major Doug Armstrong, the chief of operations at the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, AL, “Whenever the announcement came out, she jumped right on it. She is a very motivated, driven soldier. Anything you give her, she will do and do it well. And that’s what you need for Ranger School.”
Jaster, a mother of two, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. She works as a project manager with the Shell Oil Company, focusing on issues in the oilfield.
The IMA program helps the Army meet personnel requirements and assigns soldiers with specific skills to active units. According to Armstrong, “It’s a large chunk of the military support to the center. I rely on HRC to make all the arrangements and do all the organization on the personnel side. They do all the work, I get all the credit.” This offers flexibility to units on the move, and the IMA can service units of all types.
Jaster’s technical experience helped her become the first female reserve officer to become a Ranger, and the third overall.