Deshauna Barber, Miss USA
On Sunday, June 5, Deshauna Barber became Miss USA 2016 and the first
woman actively serving in the United States Army Reserve to win the title.
Deshauna is 26 years old and was born in Columbus, Georgia. The daughter
of an Army Master Sergeant who served in the United States Special Forces
(now retired), she relocated multiple times growing up to states including
North Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota, Virginia and Washington, D.C. After
graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from
Virginia State University, Deshauna went on to complete her Masters of Science in
Computer Information Systems at the University of Maryland.
Following her studies, Deshauna returned to live in Washington, D.C. where she was
most recently working as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In
2011, Deshauna commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve
and is currently a Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment
Unit at Rockville, Maryland. Deshauna is passionate about serving the men and
women in the U.S. military, and as Miss USA, will specifically focus her efforts on
PTSD treatment for soldiers returning from deployments and suicide prevention in
the Armed Forces.