The Rolling Fortress

And why it’s Army strong

June 2015

In many ways, Leia Kinzel’s much-loved 1997 Ford F350 Power Stroke, nicknamed The Rolling Fortress, epitomizes her own strength of character. Leia put pen to paper in March of 2013 to seal her enlistment and chase after her dream of working on Black Hawk helicopters, those long, low profile aircraft used for tactical operations in the Army. When her job, 15T, opened up that April, she jumped into training and was off and running—until her company launched a full battle rattle truck and her hips started experiencing sharp pains several weeks into training. Gritting her teeth, Leia continued to push through until she found she had fractured her hips badly enough to require discharge.

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