One of the biggest stories of the day comes out of the Pentagon.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted a ban on women in combat and said it was "the responsibility of every citizen to protect the nation."
WDBJ7's Nadia Singh spoke with a hometown veteran who says he fully supports the decision.
Mac McCadden is long from his days as an Air Force officer but takes great pride in the fact that his daughter, Morgan, chose to follow in his footsteps and pursue a place in the military.
"As long as they've been trained properly and can handle the load I'm ok with that."
Mac McCadden, an Air Force veteran, is talking about the decision to allow women in combat. For him, the decision is more than Pentagon politics, it hits home.
"I think in looking at my daughter's service, that I find that I'd rather fight a man than a woman because they're so intense about what it is they do and they really care about what they do."
McCadden exhibits much pride about his daughter as he relived his days of service with your Hometown News Leader, but does have some concern.
"The stamina piece I think they can handle but in terms of things that require a lot of strength, I think women would be at a disadvantage."
He also thinks there's an unspoken double standard between men and woman in a combat setting but is happy to see small changes in the system.
"I think the new age has come. We realize that women can play major support in combat activity and that it's a blessing that one, they want to do it and two, are allowed to do it."
A change that has been long in the making.