Lt. Col. Monsita Faley: My name’s Monsita Faley, and I am a lieutenant colonel select in the Air Force Reserve. I’m an Army brat, and when I was 18, my father said that it probably would be a good fit for me and my personality. I had a sense of adventure and wanted to go and see the world. And so I joined the Military. When I was 18, I joined the Air Force. I went into the reserves after my first enlistment was over in Active Duty.
Mainly, I saw many of the Air Force nurses that I worked with. I really admired what they did, and I thought that would be a really exciting job to go into. So I went to nursing school. As a flight nurse, we take into consideration a lot of other factors when we’re in the air for caring for patients. Flying in a plane is more stressful on patients that are already ill or injured than it would be if they were in a hospital at ground level.
The Air Force Reserve has sent me to, throughout my career, lots of training, specialized training that I wouldn’t get otherwise. You get training on leadership, management, advanced cardiac life support, burn, trauma. You know, we get all those courses to prepare us to make us feel ready and be ready and qualified to do that job. So I believe that that’s a great plus that you get in the Military. There’s new people all the time that you meet from just different walks of life, different ways of looking at things that’s different in the Military. It’s such a great melting pot. You get to make friendships and alliances that you probably never would in a civilian job.