Proud army brat
Duties: I am currently assigned to Operation Copper Cactus and work daily with my counterparts at Customs at Border Protection. We have a joint relationship in working with reporters or other media and work closely to keep the public informed on ANG/CBP issues. I feel I have the best job in the world. Mi trabajo me da mucho orgullo!
Professional honors: Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Medal, NATO Medal, commendation medals, achievement medals, to name a few.
Education: A.A. degree in management and completing B.S. degree in business management/human resources.
Deployment: I’ve been deployed for training or operations on numerous occasions throughout my career. Places I’ve been for four months or more are Morocco: 1997 Operation African Eagle; Croatia: 1998 Stabilization Force, Zagreb, Croatia; Kuwait: 2001 Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base; Kuwait: 2003 Ali Al Salem Air Base, and Qatar: 2006 Al Udeid Air Base.
With these experiences, I have seen how our love for democracy has influenced other countries. Recent global events are a testament to how our own democracy has affected the economic and political hopes of those who desire similar freedoms.
What inspired you to pursue this career? I was an army brat. The military lifestyle was all I knew. I graduated overseas in a Department of Defense school, so it was a natural transition for me to join the military.
Proudest moment: Becoming a mother. Mi familia es primero siempre!
What do you do to “come down” from your job? I enjoy doing things with my family. We enjoy traveling together. When it’s not possible to travel, we really enjoy cooking together, walking our dogs or movie night at home.
If you hadn’t pursued this career … I think I would have pursued a career in the restaurant industry. Some of the most memorable moments of my life have been in a kitchen, whether it was learning to make sofrito with my grandmother or teaching my children how to shred chicken for enchiladas.
Advice to others who want to serve their community: It’s an admirable thing to do! The gift you can give to the community through service is invaluable. The experience you gain is immeasurable.