VICENZA, Italy (KAKE) — A woman is making history and living up to her childhood nickname of "Sniper" by becoming the first ever active-duty female U.S. Army sniper. 

U.S. Army Sgt. Maciel Hay recently graduated from airborne school after going through basic training while qualifying as an expert with the M4 assault rifle, the U.S. Army said.

By making it through the United States Army Sniper School, she became the first active-duty female Army sniper. The only other female to make it through the course was a National Guardsman from Montana, according to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

"My nickname growing up was ‘Sniper,’” said U.S. Army Sgt. Maciel Hay, a cavalry scout with 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (1-91 CAV), 173rd Airborne Brigade.

“I grew up shooting, mostly rifles and handguns, on my family’s ranches in Rocklin, California and Medford, Oregon,” said Hay. “But the nickname came from the fact that I could find things really fast, similar to how a sniper does target detection.”

After successful completion of rigorous training, Hay and the other graduates received certification as U.S. Army Snipers. The Army says Hay's family was able to travel to visit her at Fort Moore, Georgia for the sniper school graduation. It was the first time they were able to see her in uniform.

Due to COVID travel restrictions, they weren’t able to make it to my basic training or advanced individual training a few years ago,” said Hay. “Then, I went straight to Germany to join my unit. So it was really nice to see them and I’m grateful for their support.”

Her next assignment takes her to Anchorage, Alaska, with the 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, according to the Army. She says becoming a jumpmaster is her next goal, and everyone keeps telling her to attend Ranger School.