In this June 2010 photo provided by Canadian Armed Forces Capt. Ashley Collette, she, left, walks with Warrant Officer John Hryniw, her second in command, in Afghanistan. "Afghanistan was challenging, no doubt," she says. "The heat and desert conditions are intense, taking casualties is intense. But it's no more intense for me than it is for a male soldier; we're both in it for the same reasons, to do the same job, and that's the way my fellow soldiers saw it too. My leadership was never questioned." (AP Photo/Capt. Ashley Collette)

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In this June 2010 photo provided by Canadian Armed Forces Capt. Ashley Collette, she, left, walks with Warrant Officer John Hryniw, her second in command, in Afghanistan. "Afghanistan was challenging, no doubt," she says. "The heat and desert conditions are intense, taking casualties is intense. But it's no more intense for me than it is for a male soldier; we're both in it for the same reasons, to do the same job, and that's the way my fellow soldiers saw it too. My leadership was never questioned." (AP Photo/Capt. Ashley Collette)
In this June 2010 photo provided by Canadian Armed Forces Capt. Ashley Collette, she, left, walks with Warrant Officer John Hryniw, her second in command, in Afghanistan. "Afghanistan was challenging, no doubt," she says. "The heat and desert conditions are intense, taking casualties is intense. But it's no more intense for me than it is for a male soldier; we're both in it for the same reasons, to do the same job, and that's the way my fellow soldiers saw it too. My leadership was never questioned." (AP Photo/Capt. Ashley Collette)
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