“1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno was three months into her first deployment with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in the Zhari district in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when a night raid took a turn for the worst.
On the evening of Oct. 5, 2013, Moreno and other members of the regiment were on foot patrol, performing a raid on a high-value Taliban bomb-making compound.
There, a suicide bomber detonated an an explosive vest. After the explosion, other insurgents triggered roughly a dozen improvised explosive devices inside the compound the force was entering, reported The San Diego Tribune.
Moreno, who originally joined the Army as a nurse, chose to go after and aid a wounded soldier over her own safety. In moving to attend to her comrade, she stepped on a landmine that ended her life.
Capt. Amanda King, commander of Moreno’s cultural support team, wrote in her eulogy, “None of us would have done what you did, running into hell to save your wounded brothers, knowing full well you probably wouldn’t make it back.” Moreno was posthumously promoted to the rank of captain and and awarded the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and NATO Medal.” #internationalwomensday #tillvalhala #usarmy #uncommoncourage