Team Ambassador & social media manager
US Army Aviation Veteran, Wife of a US Army Aviation Veteran, Mother, College Professor, Author
Paula began her military journey upon graduating high school by enlisting in the Army National Guard. She grew up on a farm near a small community with limited options for college and employment. The military helped her expand her choices which were better suited for her skills and background. She signed her papers the day of her 18th birthday and left for training a month later. She completed basic training in Ft. McClellan, Alabama. She graduated from Ft. Gordon, GA, U. S. Army Signal Core, in the top 10% of her class, earning recognition as an Honor Graduate, and a Letter of Commendation from the Signal Core Staff and Command. After four years of service, she decided to go active duty Army as an Avionics Technician in 1991, affording her a lifetime dream to work in Aviation.
She reported for six months of training in Ft. Gordon, GA. Upon completion, she prepared to deploy to her first duty assignment, South Korea, in 1992. There she contributed to the support of Ch-47 Chinook and UH-1H Huey helicopters. Her work supported the missions of the unit’s overall readiness, to include assuming the role of leadership in the absence of her NCOs. While in Korea, she was sent on a seven-day training that introduced her to rappelling and mountaineering at the Cheju Do Training Center. Upon her return from overseas, due to changes in military needs, she was assigned as one of the first women in avionics to an AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter Unit. The unit was then moved to Ft. Hood, TX. She was later reassigned to a UH-60 Blackhawk Unit.
She later married a young man, a soldier, in 1994, whom she met while serving on duty in South Korea. She was honorably discharged from active duty in 1995 after eight years of service between the National Guard and Army. During her service, she maintained a secret security clearance and earned several service medals. She continued to support her husband and was recognized by her husband’s unit for her willingness to serve the soldiers and families of the Ft. Hood Community. Once her husband completed his service in 1996, they eventually relocated where they continued their careers in aviation. Paula stayed home with the children, volunteering in various capacities, attending college, and working part-time as the children grew older.
After learning through the end credits of the movie, ‘Lone Survivor’, that one of their own brothers had been killed in action, she and her husband began looking for ways to be involved in continuing to serve their country. Paula actively engages in opportunities to mentor and assist veterans who are in transition. She hopes to begin writing stories to share their experiences. She holds a dual Master degree in Human Resources Development and Computer Resources and Information Management. She works as an Adjunct College Professor in Texas. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, photography, to name a few. She is working on a website and preparing to publish books.
Her husband travels with his employer to various places nationally and internationally as a Field Manager. He is a US Army Aviation Veteran, who followed in his father’s footsteps. They have been married for nearly 25 years. They have two children, a son, 23 years old, and a daughter, 17 years old. In their spare time, they like to travel, visit family, and make memories. Her husband’s sisters and brother-n-laws are all veterans who have pre/post 9/11 and have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries.