U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team Belgian Malinois canines take part in helicopter proficiency training with the California Air National Guard in San Francisco Bay, California, in this U.S. Coast Guard picture taken April 5, 2016. The dogs are equipped eyewear and ear protection to keep them safe at sea from rotor wash, sea spray, foreign debris and engine noise. (Photo by Reuters/US Coast Guard)
Leigh Ann Hester (born 1982) is a US Army soldier. While assigned to the 617th Military Police Company, a Kentucky Army National Guard unit out of Richmond, Kentucky, Hester received the Silver Star for her actions on March 20, 2005 during an enemy ambush. Hester enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 2001 and is the first female U.S. Army soldier to receive the award for exceptional valor since WW2 and the first ever to be cited for valor in close quarters combat.