Miss USA Deshauna Barber has been named godmother of the Carnival Vista, which she will christen in New York in November.
Barber made history earlier this year when she became the first woman serving in the U.S. military to win the title of Miss USA.
Barber will officially name the 133,00-ton vessel during a ceremony that is part of an overnight gala event honoring Operation Homefront and featuring an exclusive invitation-only concert by Carrie Underwood.
In addition to the concert, the festivities will include overnight accommodations, meals, activities and entertainment for hundreds of military families.
"Deshauna is the ideal candidate to serve as Carnival Vista's godmother, embodying the spirit of commitment and sacrifice to those who protect our freedom each and every day," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "Carnival is a longtime supporter of the military carrying more active and retired Armed Forces personnel than any other cruise line so it's our honor and privilege to have Deshauna serve as the godmother to our newest and largest ship."
The daughter of a retired Army master sergeant who was a member of the Special Forces, Barber joined the Army Reserve as a quartermaster officer in 2011. After earning her bachelors in business management from Virginia State University, Barber went on to complete her masters in computer information systems from the University of Maryland University College. She currently serves as logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Rockville, Md.