THE NEWLY-crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia.
Deshauna Barber gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat.
“As a woman in the United States Army, I think … we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated,” she said.
“Gender does not limit us in the United States.”
As the winner of Sundays (June 4) 2016 Miss USA competition held in Las Vegas, Deshauna will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest.
The daughter of a retired Army master sergeant, Deshauna was commissioned as a quartermaster officer in 2011 and serves as a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland, according to her bio on the pageant’s website.
She works full-time as an IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce, it said.
Barber hopes to use her profile as Miss USA to highlight the health issues veterans face when they return from combat, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, her bio said.