In 2001, Eastman was in her early 20s, working, paying off school loans and wondering what she was going to do to make her life count. Then 9/11 happened. And as our nation grappled with unimaginable grief, anger and sadness, her purpose became clear.
Eastman enlisted and served as a US Army intelligence officer and commander. Her 10 years of post-9/11 military service included two combat deployments, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Her final duty was to command over 100 soldiers in Afghanistan to successfully fulfill their mission and safely return home.
She was ranked the No. 1 Military Intelligence Company Commander in Eastern Afghanistan for the deployment cycle of 2009-2010, awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service as a combat commander and received the Combat Action Badge.
Eastman’s award-winning book, The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11, began as a personal memoir for her son as he battled and beat cancer as a baby. It became the first book to define post-9/11 service and leadership.