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Combat Story

Sep 17, 2022

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Today we hear a unique Combat Story from Ranger-qualified and former Engineer in combat Lisa Jaster who was the first female reservist to complete Ranger School…at the age of 37 with two kids!

Lisa is still in the reserves and recently rotated out of Battalion Command where she led Combat Engineers as she did early in the post-9/11 era as a young active-duty lieutenant, including in 2002 in Afghanistan, 2003 in Iraq, and back to Iraq 15 years later.

Her story is remarkable and highlights how much harder she worked to reach levels many others take for granted. She’s a West Point grad and stood on the shoulders of the brave women who came before her in breaking the barrier of women at the Academy only to break a similar barrier herself.

Beyond being a sought-after public speaker, accomplished entrepreneur, and part of retired DEVGRU Mike Sarraille’s Talent War Group, Lisa is also a competitive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter and CrossFit athlete and is getting ready to release her first book that describes her journey.

This is a phenomenal and wide-ranging interview with an accomplished, tough-as-nails Ranger and I hope you enjoy her story of perseverance as much as I did.

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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 - Intro 
  • 0:56 - Guest Introduction (Lisa Jaster) 
  • 2:29 - Interview begins 
  • 2:42 - A passion for Brazilian jujitsu 
  • 6:06 - Being an unconventional Military couple and making sure her son can fight 
  • 10:06 - Childhood as a naturally driven person and where the military comes in 
  • 14:55 - Funny story of Army interview 
  • 17:16 - Going to West Point and and choosing Engineer Branch after graduating
  • 27:37 - What is Engineers and their role in Afghanistan 2002 
  • 33:24 - Where were you on 9/11? 
  • 41:06 - Story about combat patches 
  • 45:01 - How an engineer prepares for deployment 
  • 47:48 - Family and feelings before and during a dangerous deployment
  • 53:47 - "There's no book for this" and funny story of trying to communicate with Pakistani man 
  • 55:27 - Building the airfield in Afghanistan and funny story about constructing the sewage pond 
  • 58:27 - From Afghanistan to Iraq 
  • and being an SME as a First Lieutenant 
  • 1:06:42 - Processing difficult experiences and how jujiostu helped 
  • 1:09:33 - Ranger school  
  • 1:21:17 - Advice for someone wanting to go to BUD/S or Ranger School 
  • 1:29:04 - Hell Week at Ranger School  
  • and being in the first ever class with women 
  • 1:43:57 -Mixed emotions on graduating Ranger School  
  • 1:47:48 - Full circle moment meeting author Carol Barkalow 
  • 1:51:36 - What's the first thing you ate coming out of Ranger School?  
  • 1:52:46 - What did you carry into combat?
  • 1:55:08  - Would you do it again? 
  • 1:57:11 - Listener comments and shout outs

This video covers the following subjects: - First Female Reservist Ranger School Graduate - Ranger School - Combat Leader - Combat Engineer Lisa Jaster Maj. Lisa Jaster, an Army Reserve soldier, performs a fireman's carry-on on a simulated casualty during the Ranger Course at Ft. Benning, GA. The 37-year-old engineer and mother of two children, aged 7 and 3, is the first female Army Reserve officer to graduate from Ranger School.

When Maj. Lisa Jaster walks across Victory Pond Friday at Fort Benning, she will secure her role in history as the first female Army Reserve officer to earn the distinctive black-and-gold shoulder tab. However, the 37-year-old engineer and mother of two children, aged 7 and 3, is the third female to graduate from the grueling combat leadership course, joining the ranks of fellow West Point graduates and Active Duty officers Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25.

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