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A sampling of my health & fitness writing as a reporter for the Daily Item (2012-2014)

Enthusiasm — and concern — about women in combat

Lynn-area military families had mixed reactions Friday after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta this week announced the lift on the ban on women serving in combat beginning in 2016.

Swampscott Veteran Services Officer Jim Shultz said the move is “a long time coming,” but he does not consider all the combat roles appropriate for women.

“If you assign a female to a tank and that tank is under fire, you have to button up and close the hatches,” said Shultz, a former Marine sergeant ...