I joined the Navy at the age of 19, just out of high school. I was always interested in the medical field and the Navy was able to steer me toward that career path.
I spent the next 27 years working in Navy Medicine. I began my career as a Navy Corpsman and found myself in the middle of the Gulf War within the first year of enlistment. I deployed with the Marines to the Persian Gulf in December 1990 and would not return home until the spring. After I returned from the Gulf, I continued my career as a Search and Rescue Corpsman and was stationed in Texas and Japan in this capacity. I was selected for a commissioning program in 2000 and began Nursing School at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. After Nursing School, I was commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps and spent the next 13 years as a Nurse for the Navy. This was a very rewarding time and I grew as a professional in duty stations like Great Lakes, Portsmouth, and Jacksonville. I am a veteran of two wars, Persian Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom. I retire from the Navy in June 2017.