Shawna Medina served for as a unit supply sergeant from March 2002 until May 2013. She was influenced to join the military by numerous family members in the Army and Navy, including her two grandfathers, uncle and two brothers.
Medina served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The first was from September 2005 to May 2006. During the deployment she was responsible for ordering and issuing organizational clothing, individual equipment and class two supplies.
From January 2007 to March 2008, Medina served her second deployment in Iraq. During this deployment she was with the 707th Explosive Ordnance Disposal from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Medina prepared the unit for deployment as the supply specialist responsible for the management of expendable supplies, equipment and property. Also, she initiated financial liability investigations of property loss, assured the conex boxes were packed properly, and coordinated with contractors overseas to get a retaining wall and Hesco barriers around the EOD compound.
By the end of Medina’s second deployment, she became a unit supply noncommissioned officer. She ran the unit supply room for 129th Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 3rd Ordnance Battalion, and 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion.
During her 10 years of service, she had zero loss of equipment to her commanders. Medina received an Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal during her service.
Medina joined the military to pay for college and is currently pursuing her bachelor of arts in organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of North Texas in Denton. She also has an associate of the arts degree from Tarrant County College.
Today, Medina works as a Veterans career advisor for the Texas Veterans Commission. She assists Veterans who seek employment by connecting them with employers. She also volunteers with her local Veterans of Foreign Wars and is a troop leader for the Girl Scouts in the Texas Oklahoma Plains region. Additionally, Medina is a board member of the Johnson County Resource Connection and brings non-profits of Johnson County together, assisting them in networking.
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