Shining Star

Shining Star

Leah Brown. Photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Leah Brown.

Lt. Cmdr. Leah Brown (BS ’98), shown above in Afghanistan, was awarded the Bronze Star for her humanitarian efforts during deployment. The former Gym Dog and All-American, who led her team to two national championships in the 1990s, became an orthopedic surgeon after graduation and joined the Navy. After eight years as a doctor in San Diego, she was deployed first to Iraq and then to Afghanistan. There she treated combat wounds and IED injuries that often resulted in amputations. During her last months in Afghanistan she specialized in humanitarian assistance in the Tarin Kowt district of Uruzgan province, caring for troops but also for local children. She headed an all-female team that earned the trust of the community. They were then allowed to treat Afghan women who, according to custom, normally would not be allowed to see American medical personnel. Now back in the United States, Brown is stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton in Bremerton, Wash.