Jessica Landeros holds a special place in U.S. military history. In 2004, she became the first woman in combat in Iraq during the Second Battle of Fallujah. Thanks in part to pioneers like Landeros, women will be allowed the opportunity to fight on the front line in all wars as of 2016, Fox News Latino reported.
After the 9/11 attacks, a 19-year-old Landeros joined the U.S. Navy. She started out as a plumber and convoy machine gunner in a construction battalion whose main objective was building bases and infrastructure, and went on to three tours of duty.