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Friday, April 24, 2009

Hometown News: Jowanna Bush

Army Sgt. Jowanna A. Bush has deployed to Iraq to provide medical care at the Ibn Sina in Baghdad.

The 10th Combat Support Hospital has assumed medical care responsibilities in Baghdad, Mosul, Al Kut, Al Amarah, and Tallil for a one-year deployment. The medical unit will provide health service support and a combat hospital in Baghdad and Mosul, and a combat aid station in Al Kut and Al Amarah.

The unit, assigned to Fort Carson, Colo., is the Army's premier combat support hospital within Forces Command and the Department of Defense, with the mission of deploying worldwide to establish an 84 or 164-bed hospital in support of combat and non-combat operations.

Bush, a pharmacy specialist with seven years of military service, is regularly assigned to the 47th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

She is the daughter of Anthony B. and Shelby R. Crews of W. Spencer Road, Hurt, Va.

Her husband, Detrick, is the son of Lawrence H. and Mary L. Bush of Daffodil Court, Millbrook.

The sergeant is a 2001 graduate of Gretna High School, Va.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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