Good for her

| March 5, 2007

The first woman to win a Silver Star since World War II:

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester fought her way through an enemy ambush south of Baghdad, killing three insurgents with her M-4 rifle to save fellow soldiers’ lives — and yesterday became the first woman since World War II to win the Silver Star medal for valor in combat.

The 23-year-old retail store manager from Bowling Green, Ky., won the award for skillfully leading her team of military police soldiers in a counterattack after about 50 insurgents ambushed a supply convoy they were guarding near Salman Pak on March 20.

I suspect Sgt. Hester has a very proud father and a very worried mother. 🙂 ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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  1. bhenderson says:

    Nice! I understand the current military reasons for not intentionally putting women into the front lines. But as anyone with a sister or wife can tell you, god save you if she has a gun, a goal and head of steam.

    I was trained by the Marines to fire a weapon to an “expert” level. That means hitting a man sized target 8 times out of 10 at 500 yards. It was a trueism that the female Marines were frequently better shots than men. My wife (who was never a Marine) bears this out – she is one of those “dead eye” aims that is a bit scarey.