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Nurse earns posthumous honors

Capt. Jennifer Moreno killed while serving on first Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan

Monday November 11, 2013
Jennifer Moreno, RN
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Capt. Jennifer Moreno, RN, was among four U.S. Army soldiers killed Oct. 6 by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, according to a news release. Moreno was a first lieutenant until she was posthumously promoted to captain.

Moreno was assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., where she served as a clinical staff nurse on a med/surg unit, and after volunteering, was attached to a joint special operations task force as a Cultural Support Team member, according to a news release. She was on her first deployment to Afghanistan.

USF memorial

University of San Francisco students and staff remembered Moreno, a 2010 graduate of the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions, in a memorial flag-lowering ceremony Oct. 9 at the university’s Lone Mountain flag court, according to a news release.

In a eulogy, USF School of Nursing Associate Professor Susan Prion, RN, EdD, CNE, said Moreno was at first her advisee, then her student, and finally, a colleague and friend.

“Through a very selective and tedious process, Jenny was chosen from thousands of female army officers, from hundreds who applied, to the 50 who were approved, to the seven who were selected, to serve on the first-ever Female Engagement Team,” Prion said during the eulogy.

“She volunteered for this assignment because she thought it was the right thing to do. She always knew she was surrounded by love and she was doing exactly what she wanted. She died a hero, thinking of others instead of herself and believing that her actions would make the world a
better place.”

Background information

Moreno was born June 25, 1988, in San Diego. After graduating from San Diego High School, she was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Nurse Corps Officer after graduating from the USF with a BSN. Moreno completed the U.S. Army Airborne Course 2009 at Fort Benning, Ga., and the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course 2010 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Her awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Moreno was posthumously awarded the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and NATO Medal.

She is survived by her mother, Marie V. Cordero, and her sisters Jearaldy Moreno and Yaritza Cordova of San Diego and her brother, Ivan F. Moreno, who is serving in the U.S. Army.