Feeling drawn to enlist in the military, Vanessa Y. Williams served 36 years in the U.S. Air Force, contributing to its accounting and finance and airfield management sections and the Air National Guard. While serving in the Air Force, she completed reviews and updated all records in the program data file, and developed a PC program to uniformly apply the decrements, along with generate transactions in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. A certified logistic analyst and member of the U.S. Air Force Association, Ms. Williams has also volunteered with Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, which is dedicated to the rescue and protection of animals in the community while inspiring healthy relationships between people and their companion animals. In honor
An expert in emergency room critical care, Beryl Kay Pixley, MSN, RN, SANE-P, came from a military family, which later gave her the motivation to pursue her professional career in nursing and education. First enlisting as a private in the U.S. Army in 1974, she served in this rank for two years before becoming a staff nurse at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, from 1976 to 1978 and first lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps from 1976 to 1979. Moving up the ranks to the roles of captain, major, and lieutenant colonel, she then joined Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, Kentucky, as a staff nurse from 1979 to 1981, also serving as head nurse for one
For as long as she can remember, Darlene Dodd has harbored a passion for nursing. She was drawn to the profession because of the opportunity it presented to help others, and after her first position in the field, staff nurse in the U.S. Air Force at the Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, she knew she had made the right choice. Ms. Dodd quickly gained a reputation for her hard work and dedication to the job, making her a much sought-after team member. She went where she was needed; over the years, she served as a staff nurse in the U.S. Air Force at the Ladd Air Force Base in Alaska, the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan, the
Wanting to do her part in serving the nation, Karon Uzzell-Baggett decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the military. She started as an executive officer in the U.S. Air Force at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia in 1986, and fell in love with all of the opportunities offered to her. Her talent and dedication led her to rise rapidly through the U.S. Air Force ranks, becoming an operations training officer at the Murted Air Force Base in Turkey in 1988, a command and control officer in Spangdahlem AB, Germany, in 1989, a SENEX mission director and the deputy chief of classified control for the Office of Secretary Defense at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland
Writer, poet, educator, artist, activist, and soldier: Kenyette Adrine-Robinson has worn many hats over the course of her prestigious career. She joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1969 when she was just 18 years old, and served them until 1971. She returned to the Army in 1981 as the public information specialist for morale support activities in Wiesbaden and, in 1983, progressed to be the writer and editor of the public information office in Mainz, both in the Federal Republic of Germany. From there, she became a teacher intern in the Positive Education Program in Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of the residential team and a case management therapist at the Murtis H. Taylor Multi Services Center. In 1986, Ms.
Hardworking and passionate, Sandra K. Simpson began her distinguished career in government service by earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in Burlington in 1971. She proceeded to join the U.S. Army in 1973, and, after being trained in medical logistics, she realized she had found her niche. Ms. Simpson quickly grew to become responsible for all medical logistics throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, where one of her most memorable accomplishments was successfully leading a team tasked with delivering medical necessities and supplies into Liberia during the Ebola outbreak. In a culmination of all of her years of excellence in her field, Ms. Simpson served in the Defense Logistics Agency for the U.S. government