Bros, we have a new Miss USA. This evening Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber was crowned Miss USA. Deshauna is pretty much as badass as it gets when it comes to pageant winners — She’s an active duty Army Officer, joining at 17 and completing an ROTC program in college.
According to an interview in the Las Vegas Sun about her service as a reservist, she notes that her dad served 24 years in Special Forces.
Where do you serve now? Have you been in action?
I have not seen any action overseas. But I have been officially an officer for five years. I’ve been in command at a logistics unit at Fort Meade, Md., for two years now. It’s been amazing — really amazing.
Forgive me for asking the obvious, but how do the guys react to a gorgeous girl being their commanding officer?
Yeah, that’s one of those things. I don’t mean to laugh, but that’s actually one of the challenges about women in the military. Especially if you’re an attractive woman, if you’re well put together. They assume, I guess they assume, that beauty is somewhat affiliated with weakness.
So it’s always cool to be in a rucksack march, and I have 40 pounds on my back, and there’s a 200-pound guy with the same 40 pounds on his back, and I’m a mile ahead of him in a ruck march. Those types of things really empower me.
It shows me that women are capable of anything. So, to answer your question, yes, they always assume that you’re weak until it comes down to who can endure the most. I think women are even stronger than men sometimes.
Pretty cool to see an active duty servicewoman win Miss USA. A few weeks ago she wrote a pretty passionate Instagram post about how much she loves America. It will make you fall all sorts of in love with her, Bros.
Today was a slightly hard day for me. My best friend deployed to Afghanistan last week and I will be honest, I am scared and I miss her dearly. Coming from an army family I recognize the dangerous sacrifices soldiers make everyday and the anxiety that comes with knowing your loved one is overseas. I thought to myself what does her deployment mean to the country? What does her sacrifices mean to this nation I call home? I thought to myself, What does it mean to wear this uniform and stand in front of our flag? I realize it means much more than just patriotism or love for a single nation. This uniform to me means standing up for LOVE and FREEDOM in a world that lacks it. Considering all the events happening nationally and internationally, I feel most inclined to say God Bless America. I feel most inclined to say “I Am A Proud American”. Every Time I put on my uniform I thank God for allowing me another opportunity to represent the greatest nation in the world. We have come along way and have a long way to go. Regardless of our hurdles as a nation and as a people of the United States Of America let us not forget the ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can live each and everyday as a free people in a world that lacks freedom. Let us not forget the families that have suffered. Let us not forget that no country is or ever will be perfect. So in a nation filled with flaws it is our responsibility to perfect it, to fight for it, to sacrifice for it and with our very hands craft it into the best nation in the world with highest level of ethical standards and values. In a world filled with hate we must learn to love and to embrace each and every person to our left and right….. No matter their gender, race or religious beliefs. We must do this not only because it is the right thing to do but because of the soldiers that have died and risked their lives so we can all live as a diverse and equal nation.
God Bless America🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Damn. That brings a tear to my eye. God bless America indeed.
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