Air Force Officer Madison Marsh Becomes First Active-Duty Military Member To Win Miss America

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God bless America.

Our military is full of badass men and women who put their lives on the line every single day to protect the greatest country in the history of the world.

And one Air Force officer just made history not for her flying skills, but for becoming the first active duty military officer to win Miss America.

Madison Marsh, a 22-year old 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, took home the crown last night and immediately made viewers proud to be an American.

Marsh, who got her pilot’s license at 16 years old, is originally from Fort Smith Arkansas, but went on to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado where she graduated with a degree in astrophysics.

And while she was at the Academy, she decided to run for Miss Academy. When she won the beauty pageant, it qualified her to run for Miss Colorado – which she went on to win in 2023 and advance to the 2024 Miss America pageant.

Then last night, Marsh beat out Miss Texas, Ellie Breaux, to become the first active duty service member to be crowned Miss America.

After her win, the Air Force congratulated one of their own on her historic achievement:

Meanwhile, along with her duties in the military, Marsh is also pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School.

So yeah, this woman’s a total badass.


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