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Kasey Meredith (center) is installed as the first woman to command the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Military Institute during a ceremony at the school in Lexington, Virginia, on May 14. Photo: Parker Michels-Boyce for The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Citadel in South Carolina and the Virginia Military Institute celebrate a historic moment Saturday as both Corps of Cadets at the schools are being commanded by women.

Driving the news: The schools are set to face off in the Military Classic of the South football game in Charleston, South Carolina, where the commanders will be formally introduced at a military parade.

The big picture: Cadet First Capt. Kasey Meredith of the Virginia Military Institute is the school's first female commander. Cadet Col. Kathryn Christmas is the second woman to hold the position at the Citadel.

  • The Virginia Military Institute began enrolling women in 1997 and the Citadel first admitted women in 1995, the Associated Press notes.
  • “I am honored to serve alongside the first female Regimental Commander of VMI," Christmas said in a statement. "We do not compete as rivals; we are equals, facing a common challenge.”

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Oct 24, 2021 - World

First look: Jill Biden’s troops trip

First lady Jill Biden speaks last week at the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

First lady Jill Biden on Monday will visit the military base that's home to pilots and aircrews who helped conduct the airlift out of Kabul to thank the service members and their families for their support in ending the 20-year war in Afghanistan.

Why it matters: When she stops at the crews' home at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, the first lady will be their most high-profile member from the Biden administration since the airlift ended on Aug. 31.

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NYC firefighters union urges members to defy mayor's vaccine mandate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The president of New York City's firefighters union told reporters Wednesday that he's advised unvaccinated members to ignore Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Under de Blasio's order that's due to take effect Friday, unvaccinated city employees would be placed on unpaid leave. But Uniformed Firefighters Association head Andrew Ansbro said he told members that "if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty," according to Reuters.

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Study: Common antidepressant guards against COVID hospitalization

A COVID-19 intensive Care Unit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on May 27, 2021. Photo: Fabio Teixeira/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The readily available antidepressant fluvoxamine significantly reduced COVID-related hospitalizations, according to a large study published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The clinical trial suggests that a cheap, readily available drug could dramatically reduce serious illness and death when prescribed early.