On March 6, less than a year after graduating, 2nd Lt. Joanna Brown—the ROTC student whose picture graced the cover of the Spring 2002 edition of Xavier magazine—landed in Iraq. Everything went well until Aug. 30, when Iraqi militants attacked her unit’s compound at the Baghdad airport. Brown ran to check on her troops, but a mortar shell hit the building, sending shrapnel into the back of her leg. She returned to Fort Riley, Kan., to recuperate, although she can’t wait to rejoin her platoon in Baghdad. “I’m responsible for them,” she says.