FORT STEWART, GA (WTOC) - Capt. Brittany Edds looked back at her first deployment to Iraq with a guarded degree of satisfaction. She doesn't see it differently as a female soldier or officer.
"You pack your bags and you do your job. I don't think it was any different," she said, stoically.
She said she's been helped by senior women who've offered advice and is grateful for their counsel.
"Sometimes you face situations where a female is better to talk to and they might understand it better. My last battalion commander was a female and she's amazing. I can go to her no matter where I am in my career. She'll lead me in the right path," she added.
She's also part of an emerging group of female West Point graduates in the Army. That's where she met her husband. But the couple has spent their first few career years apart.
"When I went to Korea, he couldn't get to Fort Bliss where I was. Then he was sent to Fort Benning. When I got orders to Fort Benning, he got sent to Fort Stewart," she relayed. "Sometimes you have to sacrifice. For your career progression, you might have to be away from your husband or away from your family when you might not necessarily want to."
Now that they're both at Fort Stewart and both in 2nd Brigade, they're expecting their first child. She's confident she'll be able to balance motherhood and the Army.
"I've never thought that I had to prove myself. But I saw this post once before of the Women's Army Corps. The theme was 'I would rather be working than waiting.' I could really relate to that because I'm like that. I'd rather be working. That was never a question," she explained.
She works in the brigade's human resources office, which means she serves as a lifeline during deployments as soldiers need help with payroll, insurance and other needs for themselves and their family back home. She's proud of her part in the mission.
"I contribute as much as my husband does in tanks, rolling down the streets. Everyone has a role and the person who fullfills those roles doesn't have to be a man or woman. I'm proud to do it," she said.