Our Best – Staff Sgt. Muna Nur
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Muna Nur is striking for many reasons. Born in Somalia, she has the warm complexion and elegant features of women, like the famous model Iman, who are native to that region. Her feisty at
titude belies her ethereal appearance, however, and is more a testament to her six-year military career that includes two tough deployments to Iraq and a third, current one to Afghanistan, where she is the non-commissioned officer-in-charge of the Troop Medical Clinic, 10th Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Muleskinner.
“I was born in Somalia, so I’m a child of war, I guess,” she said. “When I was two months old, because of the war, my mom moved us to Kenya until I was five, and then to America – where we finally settled in Minnesota. I consider myself an American even though I wasn’t born there.”
On a typical shift in the walk-in clinic on Bagram Air Field that she manages when she’s not on missions outside the wire, she can be seen ribbing her medics good-naturally like a stern mother while brandishing her “Soldier Adjustment Tool”, an organic club fashioned from a tree limb with a ball-like gourd on one end, sharpened to a point on the other, and decorated all over with African-style etchings.