Rebecca Mann was born in Patterson, New York and enlisted in the Army in 2005 as a radio technician. She attended basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. She has been stationed at Fort Bliss, TX; Okinawa, Japan; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Gordon, GA; and Fort Riley, KS. Rebecca attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was commissioned as a Warrant Officer in 2011 as an Information Services Technician. She served two combat tours in Afghanistan, in 2009 and again in 2013/2014.
In early 2014, Rebecca had a non-combat injury to her foot which resulted in foot reconstruction, and two subsequent limb salvage surgeries. She was medically retired in October 2016.
In October 2017, she underwent an experimental amputation called the Ewing amputation which allows her to control the muscles in her residual limb. In collaboration with MIT, a new-generation robotic prosthetic is being developed that will allow her brain to interact with it to perform complex actions.
For now, Rebecca is happy to be back on two feet again and able to enjoy the activities she has missed over the last three years. She is hoping to get back to biking and swimming this summer and is looking forward to snowboarding next winter. Rebecca has also registered to run in the Falmouth Road Race in August.
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