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Leigh Ann Hester

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Rank  Sergeant
Battles and wars  Iraq War
Name  Leigh Hester
Battles/wars  Iraq War

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Born  12 January 1982 (age 41) , Bowling Green, Kentucky (1982-01-12)
Allegiance  United States of America
Years of service  2001–2009, 2010–present
Awards  Silver Star, Commendation Medal
Service/branch  Kentucky Army National Guard, Tennessee Army National Guard, United States Army

Other work  Law enforcement officer

Similar  Monica Lin Brown, Kristen Marie Griest, Rhonda Cornum

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Leigh Ann Hester (born 12 January 1982) is a United States Army National Guard soldier. While assigned to the 617th Military Police Company, a Kentucky Army National Guard unit out of Richmond, Kentucky, Hester received the Silver Star for her heroic actions on 20 March 2005 during an enemy ambush on a supply convoy near the town of Salman Pak, Iraq.


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Hester enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 2001 and later became the first female U.S. Army soldier to receive the Silver Star since World War II and the first ever to be cited for valor in close quarters combat.

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Hester's military police squad consisting of eight men and two women in three Humvees were shadowing a 30-truck supply convoy when approximately 50 insurgent fighters ambushed the convoy with AK-47, RPK machine gun fire, and rocket propelled grenades (RPG). The squad moved to the side of the road, flanking the insurgents and cutting off their escape route. Hester maneuvered her fire team through the kill zone and into a flanking position, where her squad leader, Staff Sergeant Timothy F. Nein, and she assaulted a trench line with hand grenades and M203 grenade launcher rounds. Nein and Hester assaulted and cleared two trenches. During the 25-minute firefight, Hester killed 3 insurgents.

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When the battle was over, 27 insurgents were dead, six were wounded, and one captured. Sergeants Nein and Hester were both awarded the Silver Star. Nein's medal was later upgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross.

Also awarded the Silver Star in this ambush was Specialist Jason Mike, a platoon medic who took up and simultaneously fired an M4 carbine and M249 SAW light machine gun in defense of his comrades.

Later career

Hester later transferred to the Tennessee Army National Guard. From 2012 to 2014, she served as an instructor at the 117th Regional Training Institute Military Police School. In 2014, she deployed to Afghanistan for 18 months as a Cultural Support Team member. Hester has since been promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Later work

Hester took a brief break from the U.S. Army in 2009, and worked as a civilian law enforcement officer in a Nashville, Tennessee suburb. However, she returned to the military a short while later, in late 2010.

Military awards

Hester's decorations and awards include:


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