Welcome to Episode 25 of the Women of the Military Podcast. This week’s guest is Elis Salamone.
Elis was born in Arecibo, Puerto
Rico and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She is the oldest of 3 girls that
was raised by a single mother. At 18, she enlisted in the Army and after 20
plus years of military service, she retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant
Colonel and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
She served in the following assignments:
Fort Dix, NJ; Camp Humphreys, Korea; San Antonio, TX; Andrews AFB, MD; RAF Lakenheath, England; Ramstein, Germany; Afghanistan, Colorado Springs, CO. Throughout, her civilian and military nursing career she has worked in neurosurgery, neonatal ICU, pediatrics, OB, the OR, as women’s health nurse practitioner, in management and leadership roles. Elis has served in Afghanistan with Army Special Forces and considers taking care of wounded warriors and being in charge of the Honor Guard team in England as two of her favorite highlights of her military career.
Throughout her career, Elis has been awarded for her advocacy and leadership.
Her passions include mentoring transitioning veterans, nursing professionals and women to fulfill their full potential. In her spare time, Elis is an active Lean In leader and is on the board of the National Association of Western Washington Hispanic Nurses, Global Girls Give and the Director of Women Veterans for ALPFA Seattle. Elis is fueled by self-care, travel, cooking, motivational storytelling and laughter. Elis has been a military wife, is a mother to an adult son, a warrior and a self-proclaimed “badass”.
Joining the Army
She didn’t do very well in high school so she decided to join the Army instead of going to college. While waiting to leave for boot camp she took a few college courses. She had wanted to be a medic but didn’t have high enough scores so she worked as a Personalist.
afraid of meeting a board so she left the Army as an E-4. She got married, had a
son and went to nursing school and worked in the Civilian sector, but missed
the military. She was in the Reserves, but wasn’t able to go back on active
duty so she switched from Army to the Air Force.
Deploying to Afghanistan
She deployed to Afghanistan with about a week notice. She was with teams with the Army. The Army had asked for senior medics and the Air Force sent senior officers who were nurses and providers. It was quite the experience and not what you would think would be an Air Force deployment.
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