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A U.S. Army sergeant adjusts the scope of a sniper rifle during a mission in Afghanistan. Photo: Simon Lim/AFP via Getty Images

A Montana National Guard soldier has become the first woman to graduate from the U.S. Army Sniper Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.

What they're saying: "We are extremely proud of this Soldier’s achievement and recognize that this is a milestone for not only Montana, but the entire National Guard and Army," Maj. Gen. J. Peter Hronek, the adjutant general for Montana, said in a statement.

Details: The soldier, who was not identified in the U.S. Army's statement, enlisted in December last year. She was sent to Fort Benning to complete basic and advanced individual training in infantry skills.

  • Her training staff and chain of command recommended her for the elite sniper course due to her "superior performance," which included qualifying as an expert shooter.
  • The intensive seven-week course aims to turn soldiers into "the most feared weapon on the battlefield," according to the military's description. She started the training in September and finished on Nov. 5.
  • "This Soldier had to volunteer several times to reach this goal, which is a demonstration of her dedication and commitment to service," Hronek noted.

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Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.

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IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.