Twenty one-year-old Sgt. Bianca Witt was born and raised in Charleston. One of nine siblings, she has always been surrounded by the support of her family, who was right by her side as she enlisted in the U.S Army National Guard out of high school in September of 2014.

“At a young age, I wasn’t sure what route I wanted to take as far as a civilian career goes and college,” Witt said. “So I felt like this might help kick start my life and try something new, and get out of my comfort zone.”

Getting out of her comfort zone is the understatement, as Witt pushed herself mentally and physically to climb the ranks and specialize as a weapons mechanic. She talked to 59 News from Kuwait, where she has been deployed for almost a year, fixing and building weapons for combat overseas.

“Basically from day to day I go into a shop and we have other units contact us asking us to service, gage, and repair their weapons.” Witt said. “They bring them in, we fix them and send them back, occasionally we get to travel and visit other bases.”

She works and travels as the only woman in her squadron; she is the only female in her squad of 13. While deployed, she saw opportunity to grow as a woman and a soldier overseas, and took on a team leader role overseeing the men in her unit.

“I accepted an E5 position here, I went to BLT here,” Witt remembered. “So I went from being one of their peers and one of their friends, to being their leader.”

Sgt. Witt said for the most part, these men treat her like one of them, and give her a new kind of family to be surrounded by as they all work effortlessly to protect our country.

“I think we just overall have a really good understanding of each other, and trust each other just because we’ve been forced to spend so much time together,” Witt said. “It’s just turned into this bond, this family type atmosphere.”

She encouraged every young, confused girl like she was, to not be afraid of a new opportunity.