Women in the Army
Sergeant Crystal Johnson
SGT Crystal Johnson served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2005 to November 2006 with “C” Company, 204th Signal Battalion, 2nd Brigade as an Army Medic.
On September 12, 2006 while SGT Johnson was on a convoy run south of Baghdad, the Humvee she and three comrades were traveling in came under enemy attack and was struck by an Explosively Formed Projectile (EFP). The blast killed her passenger, LT Emily Perez and blew the legs off her Iraqi interpreter. Johnson and a gunner, both who suffered only minor burn and shrapnel injuries, pulled the interpreter to safety away from the wreckage.
Having learned after the explosion that she could attend to others in a crisis, SGT Johnson decided being an Army medic was her calling, and she extended her enlistment by two years. She made the decision a month after earning the Purple Heart for burns and shrapnel wounds suffered in the attack. She also received two Army Commendation Medals, one with “V” device.
SGT Johnson, originally from Glendale, Calif., is currently an Emergency Care Sergeant treating both civilians and Soldiers at the Darnell Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas.