Sgt. Dakota Demers with the Colorado National Guard's 1-157th Infantry Regiment, became our state's first female infantry soldier.

She graduated from the 11B Infantry Transition Course at Umatilla Army Depot in Oregon on Friday. Sgt. Demers was among several women to complete the course.

Staff Sgt. Melanie Galletti with the Idaho National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Staff Sgt. Cyndi Pearl Baltezore with the California National Guard's HHC 1-185th Infantry Battalion (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) also became the first female infantry soldiers in their states.

The Department of Defense lifted all gender-based restrictions on military service in January of 2016.