Regiment: US Marine Corps
Home Town: Pensacola, Florida
Injury: Full thickness facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial reconstruction, damage to her cervical and lumbar spine, hearing impairment, bilateral shoulder trauma, traumatic brain injury, and left foot limb salvage
Kirstie Ennis joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, shortly after she graduated Milton High School with her diploma and Pensacola Junior College with her Associates of Arts degree. She enlisted out of Pensacola, Florida. After graduating boot camp, Marine Combat Training, and her MOS schools. Her first duty station was MCAS Miramar, followed by MCAS Kaneohe Bay.
She deployed to Afghanistan with HMH-465, HMH-461, and HMH-362 to Afghanistan. The six years Sgt. Ennis was in she performed duties as a helicopter door gunner and airframes mechanic on the CH-53 D/E.
On her last deployment to Afghanistan, her helicopter went down on June 23, 2012 while performing combat resupplies to FOB Now Zad. Due to the crash, Sgt. Ennis sustained injuries that include: full thickness facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial reconstruction, damage to her cervical and lumbar spine, hearing impairment, bilateral shoulder trauma, traumatic brain injury, and left foot limb salvage.
She has undergone 38 surgeries and has been through speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vestibular therapy, and cognitive therapy over the past three years.
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