On Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Las Vegas, a 26-year-old Army officer, Deshauna Barber, from the District of Columbia was crowned Miss USA, 2016.
Her powerful answer made her bold personality the most befitting damsel for the night to be crowned Queen.
“As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate to every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated. And it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.“- Deshauna Barber
This was her reply when asked about women in combat. Deshauna Barber is the first-ever military member to win Miss USA. Winning the Miss USA contest automatically qualifies her to compete and represent the United States in the Miss Universe contest.
Deshauna Barber will also be the first in 14 years to win the Miss USA contest from the district of Columbia. She has joined the league of Vanessa Williams who was the first black American to win Miss USA.
Miss Georgia, Emanii Davis and Miss Hawaii, Chelsea Hardin, came following as runner-ups. The show was once again hosted by Steve Harvey. Gladly there was no mix up in the announcements.
The 26-year-old lieutenant from Northeast DC had earlier made plans to be excused from active service supposing she won the contest. With the recent development, this beauty and brave damsel will be laying her riffle aside for a couple of years. Being lenient to her request Barber currently serves in the army only 2 days in a month.
“My commander should be watching right now. Two days a month is definitely not active duty. It is an obligation that I signed up for but they are very flexible in the United States Army Reserves.”
Deshauna Barber is an Army Reserve officer and IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. She is currently a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Fort Meade, Md.
The beauty queen cum soldier said she will dedicate her title to veteran’s causes. She also revealed her interest in suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among military members.
Deshauna graduated from Virginia State University in 2011. She joined the military at age 17. Her family has a history with the military; with her father being deployed to Iraq after the 9/11 attacks.
“I consider it to be a family tradition. It’s something that runs through our veins- patriotism and service for this country.”