Utah Army sergeant named 2021 USO Soldier of the Year

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Army Staff Sgt. Breanna J. Jessop has been named USO Soldier of the Year for 2021.

Sgt. Jessop, from Myton, Utah, serves in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army.

In the fall of 2021, Sgt. Jessop and the rest of the 82nd Airborne Division were called in to support non-combatant evacuation operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

According to the USO, Jessop “used his ingenuity” and ensured that 4,000 US military and coalition forces had access to basic hygiene items when resources were limited.

Jessop also managed an orphanage formed due to the increase in the number of unaccompanied minors following the events in Afghanistan.

The USO said it led the mission to assist children aged 7 days to 17 and provided protection for more than 400 displaced children.

“She not only protected the well-being of these children, but also protected their dignity as human beings,” the USO said. “Jessop has demonstrated dedicated and selfless leadership under duress, leading military operations as well as humanitarian efforts. His work has left an indelible mark on the mission to evacuate US citizens and designated Afghans.”

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