Meet Team Lioness: the five women profiled in the film who served in the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Camp Junction City, Ar Ramadi, Iraq, between September 2003 and August 2004. These women were part of a unit, made up of approximately 20 women, who went out on missions in Iraq. Female soldiers in the Army and Marines continue to perform lioness work in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Specialist Shannon Morgan
An innocent Arkansas “country girl” who never expected to be sent into ground combat, Shannon Morgan became a soldier who experienced the darkest side of war. In LIONESS, the film, she struggles to come to terms with her inner conflict between faith and duty.
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Specialist Rebecca Nava
A New Yorker of Puerto Rican heritage, Rebecca Nava has played a number of roles within her military family: soldier in combat, one-half of a military couple, mother of a baby daughter, wife of a soldier serving in Iraq and a female combat vet whose younger sister has also deployed.
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Major Kate Guttormsen
A West Point graduate and the highest ranking female in the battalion, Kate Pendry Guttormsen can clearly articulate the “grey zone” in which Team Lioness operated and the distinction between what they were trained for and what they were called upon to do.
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Read excerpts from Major Guttormsen’s diary >>
Captain Anastasia Breslow
Half Chinese and half Russian, Anastasia Breslow followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the military. In LIONESS, her diary readings document the hidden history of the Lioness program and the personal experiences of what it feels like to be on the cutting edge of change in the military.
Read an interview with Captain Anastasia Breslow >>
Read excerpts from Captain Breslow’s diary >>
Staff Sergeant Ranie Ruthig
A tall Midwestern woman, ace mechanic, respected NCO (non-commissioned officer) and mother, Ranie Ruthig was often requested by the Marines for the toughest missions. Her observations of encounters with Iraqi women and children underscore the complicated role Lionesses play in an urban combat environment.
Read an interview with Staff Sergeant Ranie Ruthig >>
For a full list of the lioness team who served in the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Camp Junction City, Ar Ramadi, Iraq, between September 2003 and August 2004, view film credits >>