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( – In a speech marking Women’s History Month, which was delivered at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the decision taken by her husband’s administration to put young women in all combat roles in the U.S. military.

“Thanks to brilliant, fearless women like General Vaught, today, more than 200,000 women are serving our country in just about every role and rank,” said Mrs. Obama. “They’re flying fighter jets, training new recruits; they’re graduating Army Ranger School–and I met those graduates. They are awesome. Fierce! And as you’ve already heard, they will soon be welcome in every combat unit in our armed forces.

“So there is so much progress to celebrate,” she said.

Mrs. Obama also lauded House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif), who sponsored the Women’s History Month event.

“I want to start by thanking Leader Pelosi for that kind introduction and for hosting us here today,” said Mrs. Obama. “This has just been a tremendous, fabulous, exciting program. But I want to thank her for her outstanding leadership every day in Congress.