Inspiring Afghanistan Vet Puts Her Skills To Use Against Poaching In Africa

Even after Kinessa Johnson retired from the US Army, she kept fighting… this time against animal poachers in Africa.

A weapons instructor and mechanic, Kinessa served four years (including one tour in Afghanistan) in the US Army before retiring.

Eager to continue putting her skills to good use, she became part of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife, a group focused on training African park rangers on how to catch and arrest poachers rather than shoot them.

When interviewed by Atlanta station 11 Alive, Kinessa explained, “Our intention is not to harm anyone. We’re here to train park rangers so they can track and detain poachers and ultimately prevent poaching.”

“Our goal is to prevent trigger pulling through strategic movements and methods of prevention.”

Having received some negative feedback online in response to her efforts, Kinessa responds, saying, “I find it extremely disheartening to see so many bashing my ability based on my gender.”

“I work with so many awesome and capable female park rangers here in Africa, who put their lives on the line every day right next to male park rangers, and I think these comments are also disrespectful to these amazing women.”