This year’s Miss USA is an Army Reserve officer and IT Analyst from the District of Columbia.
When asked by judge Joe Zee whether the Pentagon’s decision to open up all combat roles to both genders had “put political correctness over our military’s ability to perform.”
The 26 year old responded: “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. We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated and it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States.”
Barber wants 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.
Barber won the pageant ahead of first runner-up Chelsea Hardin, Miss Hawaii, and second runner-up Emanii Davis, Miss Georgia.
She will now go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe Pageant.
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