Deshauna Barber CrownedMiss USA

A 26-year-old Army officer took home the crown at Sunday night’s Miss USA pageantJune 5 after delivering a strong response regarding women in the U.S. military.

Deshauna Barber, a U.S. Army Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Fort Meade, Maryland, is the new Miss USA 2016. Amid a cheering crowd of fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Barber seemed to secure her win during the Q&A portion of the competition. The Army Officer gave the perfect answer when asked about the government’s controversial decision to open up all combat jobs to women in the armed forces.

“As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military,” Barber stated. “We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated. And it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”

It was in that moment fans knew the Columbus, Georgia native was going home with the crown!