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The Heroes Project: Carstensz Pyramid

Marine Corps Veteran Climbs In Indonesia
13 Nov 2017

Kirstie Ennis joined the Marine Corps at 17 years old in Pensacola, Florida. Over the six years she served, she performed duties as a helicopter door gunner and airframes mechanic on the CH-53 platforms.

On June 23, 2012, during her last deployment to Afghanistan, her helicopter went down while performing combat resupplies to FOB Now Zad. As a result of the crash, she sustained various injuries that include: an above the knee amputation on her left leg (most recent revision on December 23, 2015, from below-knee to above-knee), full-thickness facial trauma, traumatic brain injury, cervical and lumbar spine trauma, and bilateral shoulder damage.

She medically retired out of the Marine Corps as a Sergeant in May 2014. She has earned her Master’s degree in Psychology and is in her last semester for her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. On July 25th, 2017 at 3:00 PM WIT, after a 12-hour summit push, Kirstie Ennis became the first female US veteran above the knee amputee to summit Carstensz Pyramid.

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