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This week, Miss USA traded in her crown for fatigues.
Deshauna Barber, who represented Washington, D.C., is an Army Reserve officer and IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. She returned to Fort Meade for her required 2 days of training, per her Instagram.
"...I am so happy to still do that as your #MissUSA," she wrote in one of her posts. Other photos included helping soldiers with maintenance checks on a Humvee. She'll report back to the base in 30 days for her monthly training.
During the Miss USA pageant in June, she quickly became a favorite on social media when she addressed the women in combat during the interview portion.
"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," she said. "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."
Barber comes from a military family. She was born in Columbus, Georgia, but moved a lot due her father's military career as a Army Master Sergeant, according to her bio on Miss USA's website. Barber's father was deployed to Iraq after 9/11. Her mother and siblings also serve, according to The Washington Post.
As Miss USA, Barber, 26, will compete in the Miss Universe contest.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."