Army First Lieutenant Jessica Dawson (pen name Jessica Scott) spent nearly 12 years in the U.S. Army as a senior NCO before she commissioned as an officer in 2007. She has over 14 years as both officer and enlisted, and has lived in Korea, Germany and most recently, Fort Hood, Texas. She is one half of a dual military couple and is the mother to two young daughters. She deployed in 2009 with the First Cavalry Division, where she wrote regularly from Iraq about her experiences as a deployed mom and a woman at war, and about leadership during combat operations, on her personal blog. Her work has been featured on The New York Times At War blog. She holds a BA in Cultural Studies and an MS in Telecommunications Management.
Her participation in POV's Regarding War does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Army, Department of Defense or United States government. The opinions expressed here are hers and hers alone.
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