In the Service of Her Country: Amanda Pinson
Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson, U.S. Army, paid the ultimate sacrifice while proudly serving her country in Iraq on Thursday March 16, 2006.
She died on base, in an indirect fire attack. I first wrote about this remarkable young woman on March 20, 2006, just four days after her death.
Little did I then realize where this story would take me, and this blog. I heard from friends, family and her fellow soldiers. This girl next door from St. Louis, Mo. would become for me the symbol of what our servicemen and women are and are doing.
The National Security Agency has Mandy’s picture on its wall of honor. She was a skilled and talented intelligence analyst. One of her boss’s wrote that
She was deeply concerned for soldiersâ€™ safety and news of soldiers that had been injured or worse only increased her energy for her job. She was inexhaustible in her work. She was an expert and I continually called on her to take on some of the hardest work due to her abilities and love for her job. Due to this Heroâ€™s skills and hard work, soldiersâ€™ lives were saved. Soldiers in this Division and the ones that worked with her will benefit from her work for a long time.
Sgt. Amanda Pinson worked at a desk, not in combat. Yet, it is said about her that
Due to this Heroâ€™s skills and hard work, soldiersâ€™ lives were saved.
I can think of no greater compliment for a human being.
So, on this November 11, please remember Mandy, Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson, U.S. Army.
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