USF Honors Alumna, Fallen Soldier


By Heidi Patton

School of Nursing and Health Professions alumna 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno ’10 was killed in action recently in Afghanistan.

Dozens gathered at University of San Francisco on Oct. 9 to remember and honor the service of nursing alumna and USF ROTC commissioned officer 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno ’10. Moreno was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 6.

She was part of an elite special operations team that built relationships with an obtained information from locals in the Zhair District of Kandahar province, as part of the ongoing War on Terror. She was a primary contact for local Afghani women. Moreno, 25, and three others were killed when a suicide bomber attacked them.

< p>< p>< p>< p>It was Moreno’s first deployment to Afghanistan. She previously served as a clinical staff nurse in a medical surgical unit at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Lewis-McChord, Wash.

USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. and associate professor of nursing Susan Prion (Moreno’s faculty adviser at USF) spoke at the memorial about her uncommon commitment to service and willingness to help others.

The American flag was lowered to half-staff in her honor by the ROTC color guard.

Moreno was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart and promoted to captain, posthumously.


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