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246th Army Birthday Message: MEDCOM 2LT Emily Perez

Jun 12, 2021

246th Army Birthday Message: MEDCOM 2LT Emily Perez UNITED STATES 06.12.2021

2nd Lt. Emily Perez was the first African American cadet Brigade Command Sgt. Major of West Point.

A feisty, 5-foot, 3-inch cadet, nicknamed Taz because her fellow cadets said she was like the Tasmanian Devil, she was both feared and revered for her leadership, conviction and heart.

Emily became a Medical Service Corps officer and volunteered to go on convoy on Sept. 12, 2006, taking the place of an inexperienced leader while deployed with the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in Iraq.

On that day, she paid the ultimate sacrifice when an improvised explosive device exploded under her Humvee.

Film Credits: U.S. Army Medical Command Army Birthday Army Medicine Emily Perez

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