FORT BENNING, Ga. — Capt. Lynnette Diogo made history this week when she became the Army’s first ever female PowerPoint Ranger. Diogo, a West Point graduate, is currently the Assistant S-3 for the 2-29th Infantry Battalion.
Diogo managed to endure grueling hours and late nights crafting hundreds of PowerPoint slides for commanders’ update briefs, yearly training calendar briefs, CONOPS, and battalion training slides. In addition to learning basic soldier skills such as embedding photographs and graphs into slides, Diogo mastered such advanced tactics as establishing animations and timing slide transitions.
“There were days I just wanted to quit because I didn’t think I could go on anymore.” said Diogo. “I was exhausted, but I learned to dig deep and find something inside myself I never knew I had. I knew my fellow female soldiers were watching and counting on me. I just couldn’t bear to let them down.”
Appearing haggard and having lost close to 35 pounds, Diogo staggered onto the briefing podium and delivered a 127-slide briefing as part of a simulated VTC to various theater-level commanders. As she clicked onto her final slide and asked if there were any questions or caveats, the 27-year-old Hollywood, Florida native broke into tears of joy.
“She is an inspiration,” said First Lt. Janice Wray, a Logistics officer assigned to the 2-29th Infantry’s S-4 section. “I’m more of an Excel girl myself, but it is incredibly motivating to see what other women in the military are capable of accomplishing.”