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    From martial arts to the military

    40th CAB goes to the qualification ranges

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Ian Kummer | California Army National Guard Sgt. Cassandra Peel, an avionic mechanic in Company B,...... read more read more

    CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT

    04.13.2016

    Courtesy Story

    40th Combat Aviation Brigade

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – The sun is setting over the horizon as Sgt. Cassandra Peel practices one of her final kicks of the day. Precision. Power. Passion. These words come to mind as she delivers one swift kick after another. It is evident that this woman is in her element.

    Peel, an avionic mechanic Company B, 640th Aviation Support Battalion, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, is a self-proclaimed “Army brat,” born in Fort Riley, Kansas.

    Parented by two retired military service members, Peel and her four siblings grew up intimately familiar with the Army lifestyle. After first grade her family relocated to Kaiserslautern, Germany where Peel spent the majority of her childhood.

    Today as an adult, Peel is well-traveled and proficient in German. But she has another skill set that may come as a revelation even to those who know her fairly well: a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo.

    Peel, who is now an assistant instructor at Arcata, California, was first drawn to taekwondo six years ago during her freshman year in college at Kansas State University. She attended her first sessions at a nearby taekwondo academy in Hays.

    “It was the community [that drew me in],” Peel said. “The people are like family.”

    During Peel’s training, she learned the tenets of self-improvement, courtesy, integrity and perseverance. With her military upbringing and background in Tae Kwon Do, it seemed only natural for her to join the Kansas Army National Guard in 2011.

    “I had always dreamed about joining the military.” Peel said, stating that her parents’ success had steered her in that direction.

    Sgt. Brittany Bergman, a fellow mechanic in Company B, has known Peel since 2012 when they both graduated from Army basic training.
    “She sets a standard that females can strive to meet,” Bergman said, describing Peel’s character as sincere, determined and strong.

    Peel emphasized the usefulness of self-defense classes for increasing one’s confidence and personal safety as a “hard target.”

    “Stand up for yourself,” Peel said. “A lot of people are too passive. Be assertive and be vocal.”

    Following the deployment, Peel plans to test for her 3rd degree black belt. After the necessary “time in grade” she will be prepared to rank up, proving once more that she is an unparalleled, well-rounded individual.

    “My philosophy on life is to enjoy the present and focus on making yourself and those around you happy, and life will work itself out.”

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    Date Taken: 04.13.2016
    Date Posted: 04.13.2016 06:02
    Story ID: 195206
    Location: CAMP BUEHRING, KW 
    Hometown: ARCATA, CA, US
    Hometown: EUREKA, CA, US

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