The Associated Press is reporting that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon “Panther” Panetta has ended the ban on women in combat.

This is big news. It certainly took many Twitterers by surprise:

Others are concerned about the ramifications for women in the military:

We’ve got to hand it to Panetta — the man knows how to make an exit.


Update: As usual, there are mixed messages coming out of the reports on the announcement.