Local Woman Helps to Make History by Breaking Down Barriers in Marines

Updated: 11/22/2013 9:48 PM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson

Nate Gorz admires his younger sister. Katie Gorz was one of three women who made history by graduating from the Marines Infantry Training School in North Carolina.

"It really wasn't a surprise. She's always been a monster," Nate said.

Infantry training is a 59-day training course. It develops new Marines into infantrymen "who can fight, survive and win in a combat situation. Some of the training is focused on combat marksmanship, martial arts and anti tank warfare.

Nate says, being in the military was a lifelong goal for his sister.

"I even remember when she was an 8-year-old little girl, she used to get dressed up in the camo and paint her face and get the BB gun and go roaming through the woods," he said.

Katie graduated from North St. Paul High School this past June. While there, she was active in Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Yared Assefa remembers Katie as tough but fair. He says, he is honored to have known her the little time he did.

"The fact that she was in the same program that I'm in right now, and the fact that I actually had so much experience with her and so much conversation with her before, and the fact that she was a graduate from the school I'm going to right now it make me very proud," he said.

Nate says, their parents are "over the moon" with what Katie and the other women have accomplished.

"They're ecstatic, my dad, my mom, they're so proud of her. Like I said, it is no surprise," Nate said.

Nate says, Katie is going to study logistics in the Marines. But ultimately he says she wants to be a police officer in St. Paul.