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First Sgt. Santiago entered the United States Army in October 1998 and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She attended advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas for Health Care Specialist and Phase I of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) course. In April of 2000, she completed Phase II of the LPN course at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was designated a Practical Nurse Specialist.

First Sgt. Santiago’s previous assignments include: Walter Reed Army Medical Center as an LPN on the medical-surgical floor and was reassigned to the Coronary Care Unit. Her next assignment was Fort Belvoir, Virginia where she served as an LPN at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). First Sgt. Santiago then served in Korea from 2004-2006 where she held various positions including: Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic; 121st General Hospital; Detachment Sergeant for the 121st General Hospital Field Site; and Joint Commission Clinical Coordinator at the Camp Humphreys Troop Medical Clinic.

First Sgt. Santiago transferred to Fort Campbell, Kentucky in 2006 where she served with the 86th Combat Support Hospital. There she held a multitude of leadership positions as a Squad Leader, ICU Wardmaster, Platoon Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment Sergeant, Battalion Operations NCOIC, and Chief Wardmaster. In 2012, 1st Sgt. Santiago arrived to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where she was NCOIC for Hospital Education and Staff Development, and served as the Directorate NCOIC for Infant and Women’s Services at Womack Army Medical Center. She then transferred to Joint Base San Antonio in 2015 and was assigned to the Institute of Surgical Research where she served as the Senior Clinical NCO and the First Sergeant.

First Sgt. Santiago has two deployments to Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

First Sgt. Santiago’s military and civilian education includes: First Sergeant Course; Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course (exceeded course standards); Army Basic Instructor Course; Modern Army Combative Courses Levels I & II; LPN Critical Care Nursing Course; and the Basic Healthcare Administration Course. First Sgt. Santiago earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from American Military University graduating with honors.

First Sgt. Santiago’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (5th award), the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 3), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 bronze stars), the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 3), the Meritorious Unit Commendation (1 OLC), the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Bronze), and the Combat Action Badge.

First Sgt. Santiago is a recipient of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Award and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

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