Local soldier reflects on 15 years in the military

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Sergeant First Class and Army Recruiter Keiyana Briscoe has served 15 years of active duty service in the United States Army. She says she joined the military for independence and because she wanted to be like her older sister, who also served.

"Being a woman in the Army, it basically means that I can do anything. When I look at the males that I serve with, there's no boundaries or limitations that me as a female, I can do anything I put my mind to," she says.

Briscoe says her goal is to empower and inspire young women.

"I tell them you don't have to be masculine, you don't have to cut your hair off, you can still be feminine and wear this uniform and serve our country," she says.

Briscoe says she wants young women and girls to know that there are no limits to what they can accomplish, whether that's in the military or another field of work.

"As far as what roles they should be able to do, whatever they want to do," she says.

Since 2004, Briscoe says more opportunities for women in the military have become available. She says the Army is paving the way as more women to step into combat and leadership roles.

"When I first joined, combat jobs weren't open to women, but now we have women in combat jobs, leading infantry battalions, there's leaders and we're taking over basically," she says.

Briscoe's husband serves in the Navy. Together, they have two sons. Briscoe says her hope is to instill values in them so that they can become strong leaders in the future.

"We're doing everything we can to make sure they have a brighter future for tomorrow and we want them to be the leaders of tomorrow," she says.