Miss USA 2016 - Deshauna Barber

District Of Columbia

Deshauna Barber

Age: 30

Hometown: Northeast DC

Height: 5’ 10”

Language: English


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.


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