United States Army
One year after starting college, I decided to join the Army. It was a decision that, although shocking to my family, was the best decision I ever made. I left for basic training on October 30, 1991. My first duty station was in Yongsan, Korea. Never having been away from home before, I felt so scared and alone. It didn’t take long to realize, however, that I was not alone. There is a certain bond that is formed between Soldiers that is difficult to explain. I quickly found myself surrounded by people who became my family.
I started my career as a 71L, Administrative Specialist. After 10 years of service, I attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Signal Corps. I served with Aviation, Air Defense Artillery, Military Intelligence units, and two Joint Command Headquarters.
My experience in the military was a wonderful one. Although there were hard times, and many times I felt like packing up and going home, the best moments of my life occurred during my time in service. Most notably, I met my husband of almost 20 years while stationed at Fort Benning, GA!
During my 20 years of service, I learned so much about myself, about duty, honor, trust and what it takes to face challenges head on. The Army also taught me the importance of education and thanks to the tuition assistance program and the GI bill, I was able to obtain my master’s degree! I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me during my 20 years of service and the opportunities still offered to me today as a veteran.