Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, vehicle commander, 617th Military Police Company, Richmond, Ky., stands at parade rest after receiving the Silver Star at an awards ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, June 16, 2005. Hester is the first female Soldier serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom to receive the Silver Star. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeremy D. Crisp.)

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