Sometimes Army training just isn't enough.
Pfc. Laryn Rodgers, though, had something else to fall back on as she dealt with a crisis at a Fort Carson gate on Jan. 14.
Farm Girl Training.
The 20-year-old member of the post's 984th Military Police Company was working at the post's busiest gate off Interstate 25 that night when she relied on her youth on a farm to deliver a 7-pound, 4-ounce baby boy in a frantic soldier's car.
"She looked at me and said, 'Let's do this'," said the proud father, Sgt. Dominik Marciano, who nominated Rodgers for the Pikes Peak Red Cross Hometown Heroes 2015 military award that she earned for delivering Giovanni at Fort Carson's gate 20.
As is the case in many pregnancies, Giovanni's entry into the world started with a couple of false alarms. Nurses had advised his mother, Lindsay Marciano, to wait a couple of hours for labor to take hold before she went to the hospital again.
It turns out that Giovanni, the Marciano's second child, wasn't that patient.
Dominik packed his wife into a car and dashed for Fort Carson's Evans Army Community Hospital when it became evident the baby wouldn't wait.
"I got a call for a 911 hangup on our radio," Rodgers said.
That hangup call was from Sgt. Marciano who wanted to summon medical help to the gate at Colorado 16 and Interstate 25, where he arrived moments later, hazard lights flashing and horn honking.
Rodgers, who joined the Army in 2013, spotted the car and sensed the fear.
"At that point in time, we realized it was serious," she said.
But it was nothing a girl raised on a farm in the Wabash Valley near Mount Carmel, Ill., couldn't handle.
Rodgers had been bringing new life into the world since childhood - no humans but plenty of livestock including kids and colts.
That rural confidence helped Sgt. Marciano, an Afghanistan veteran, relax.
"It kind of made me feel better," he said of the demeanor of the diminutive private who took charge.
Moments later, Giovanni, 3-year-old Kinsley's baby brother, made his appearance.
"She coached us through," Sgt. Marciano said of Rodgers. "She knew what to do."
The birth was quickly followed by a new panic. The baby wasn't crying and was turning blue.
Rodgers used a pinkie finger to sweep the baby's month and massaged his chest to encourage a first breath. She had no medical gear for pediatric care, and the baby still wasn't crying.
Rodgers realized what had to be done, and Giovanni got his first kiss from a stranger.
"I sucked the mucus out of his mouth and nose," Rodgers said.
As the baby wailed, medical help arrived. Giovanni and Lindsay were pronounced fit and healthy at the hospital.
Sgt. Marciano got a son and a new hero out of the ordeal.
"She was so calm," he said of Rodgers.
The tie to Giovanni has made Rodgers a minor celebrity at the post.
When she's checking identification at Fort Carson's gates drivers sometimes ask, "Are you the Pfc. who delivered the baby?"
Rodgers doesn't covet the fame, but says she'll always remember Giovanni's arrival.
"It was the coolest thing ever," she said.
As for the steely demeanor and easy skill she showed in the crisis, Rodgers knows who to credit.
"I grew up on a farm," she said. "I have my mom and dad to thank for that."
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