"As the intelligence director for Combined Joint Task Force -- Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq, Gibson spends her days working with a team of elite Coalition service members from around the world. It's a job and a deployment nine years in the making.
In 2008, then-Lt. Col. Gibson was preparing to deploy with XVIII Airborne Corps. While on a pre-deployment site survey with other leaders to Iraq, she received word that the radiologist at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg wanted to see her when she returned.
"When the doctor said, 'Here's the deal … You've got cancer," I was devastated in ways other cancer patients didn't understand," said Gibson. ... "My first question to the doctor was, 'How soon can I go to Baghdad?'" Gibson remembered. "He shook his head and said, 'You're not going anywhere for probably five years.'" ... See MoreSee Less