VSU graduate, US Army Officer Deshauna Barber named 2016 Miss USA

VSU graduate, US Army Officer Deshauna Barber named 2016 Miss USA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - A graduate of Virginia State University was left speechless after being crowned 2016's Miss USA Sunday evening.

26-year-old Deshauna Barber from Washington, D.C. won the Miss USA pageant, beating contestants from Virginia, Alabama, California, Georgia, Connecticut, Missouri, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Hawaii in the final round.

Deshauna was born in Columbus, Georgia, but due to her father's military career, the young woman relocated multiple times to states including, North Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota, Virginia, and finally to Washington, D.C.

During her time in the Commonwealth, she attended Virginia State University in Ettrick, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management in 2011.

Deshauna eventually moved to Washington D.C. where she is currently working as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Being the daughter of a retired Army Master Sergeant, Deshauna decided to join the Army.

She commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer in 2011 and is currently a Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland.

In her bio on the Miss USA website, Deshauna said she has a passion to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, specifically focusing her platform on PTSD treatment for soldiers returning from deployments and suicide prevention in the Armed Forces.

Deshauna will now represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant.

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