My Military Service
United States Air Force
November 1983 – June 1994
I started my military career by going thru Officer Training School at Lackland Annex, San Antonio, Texas.
I was excited but a little scared driving thru those gates the first time. My sister had already joined the USAF as a nurse a few months prior. Deciding to serve my country in the United States Air Force was a life changing decision – and a good one! I really enjoyed the time I spent in the military. I enjoyed the different locations and jobs, and all the wonderful people I met and formed lasting friendships with.
As a communications officer, I had a variety of jobs in some great locations. I spent 15 months in Izmir, Turkey and loved it there! Turkey has a wonderful culture and friendly people. I also spent two years in Wiesbaden, Germany as well. My sister and I were lucky enough to be in Germany at the same time, living a short distance from each other. We had fun traveling Europe together.
On my return to the US, I was lucky enough to be stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What a great location and a fantastic job. I was the chief of telecommunications maintenance for the entire base (30,000 customers). I was lucky enough to work with a fantastic Chief Master Sergeant and some great senior NCOS. I loved my team there and all the new experiences.
While stationed at Kirtland, I met my wonderful husband. Upon becoming engaged, I decided that my marriage needed to come before my career as I could be sent anywhere in the world without him. So, at that time I decided to become a civilian. I am so proud of my service in the USAF. I grew up a lot, learned a lot, and only reinforced the lessons from my parents about integrity, honesty and leadership.