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Black Army Commander, Deshauna Barber Crowned Miss USA 2016

A 26-year-old Army officer took home the crown at Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant after delivering a strong response regarding women in the U.S. military.

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Deshauna Barber, a U.S. Army Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Fort Meade, Maryland, is the new Miss USA 2016. Amid a cheering crowd of fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Barber seemed to secure her win during the Q&A portion of the competition.

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Barber, 26, blew viewers and judges away with her answer about whether women should serve at all levels of the military.

“As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military,” Barber stated. “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.”

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