Listee Features — Military

Karen Tobin


Karen Balske Tobin is a retired teacher and resource specialist proudly serving as the American Legion Post 147 District 14 historian since 2014. Raised in a military family in Illinois, she learned the value of service and commitment from her Marine Corps veteran grandfather and became a National Honor Society scholar by the time she was in high school. Ms. Tobin attended Illinois State University, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in history before enlisting in the United States Army. She rose to the rank of first lieutenant, directing a mission before being selected to attend the United States Women’s Army Corps School at Fort McClellan to complete further officer training coursework. She served on active duty in

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Rebecca O'Mahoney


Initially, Rebecca A. O’Mahoney joined the U.S. Army because she wanted something to do; this was pre-9/11 and she wanted to be adventurous. She fell in love with it and became really good at it. She had to transition into the real world, so she decided to get a coaching and psychology degree not only to help herself, but her fellow military and enforcement. Ms. O’Mahoney was a master sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1998 until her retirement in April 2020. Since 2015, she has also been an internal investigator with the New York State Justice Center. In this role, she is responsible for questioning/interrogation, and investigating allegations of abuse and/or neglect for those vulnerable people. Additionally, as

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After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a medic for many years, Katherine Bonincontri was recruited by the U.S. Department of Defense to work as a translator. From there, she earned an undergraduate degree and became an English teacher before returning to a health care-related role. Between 2005 and 2013, she excelled as executive director of the Anne Arundel Crisis Response System. Since 2013, Ms. Bonincontri has overseen operations at Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services’ Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center in Crownsville, Maryland. Before Ms. Bonincontri went into college and joined the Air Force, her first job was as a medic, and she was training as one because she wanted to be in health care and she knew

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Lt. Jeannette L. Rincon has earned distinction as a Communications Command Operations Department head and lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard. Eminently qualified in her field, she is also a contracting officer and project manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Having scored highly on her test to join the Coast Guard, Lt. Rincon initially enlisted at the age of 17 and served within the armed forces for more than a decade, during which she received an Associate of Arts in technology with specialization in electromechanical instrumentation from Excelsior College. While coming of age, Lt. Rincon drew a wealth of inspiration from her mother, who worked hard as a single mother of two children. Though her school did not

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Carolyn McMillan


Carolyn C. McMillan served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 through 1968. She was a disbursing clerk, computing and issuing payroll and travel checks to military personnel. Ms. McMillan attended Los Angeles City College and California State University, Los Angeles with a major in business administration and minor in sociology. Ms. McMillan has worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services as an eligibility worker and for the State of California Employment Development Department, first in the disabled veterans outreach program and then as a local veterans employment representative. In 1980, Ms. McMillan became assistant director for veterans employment and training service with the U. S Department of Labor. Her service area included San Bernardino and

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Driven to help others, Valerie Alsberry pursued a career in the military. As a contractor for the government, she worked with a budget of between $500,000 and $1 million to ensure people had enough equipment to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. Additionally, Ms. Alsberry guaranteed that they had the right software and liaised with customers, as well as a networking team. Over the years, Ms. Alsberry has also gained valuable expertise in computer analytics through her work with General Dynamics. In pursuit of her career, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in business and computer networking in 1983. She concluded his academic efforts with a Master of Arts in criminal justice in 1985. Although her career

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Vanessa Williams


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

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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

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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

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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

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