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Airman serves to honor those who came before and care for others

  • Published
  • By Senior Airman Rito Smith
  • 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

I, Molly Winters, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Individuals join the military and swear the oath of enlistment for many personal reasons: patriotism, structure, the feeling of being part of something bigger than themselves and countless more.

For Senior Airman Molly Winters, a medical logistician assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group at Bagram, the reasons for joining were simple.

“I enlisted in 2015 to serve my country as well as chase down some life and career goals,” Winters said. “Traditionally my family holds the U.S. Armed Forces and all of its service members in high regard, making daily sacrifices to protect our rights and freedoms. I wanted to be a part of that while also honoring everyone who served before.”

As a medical logistician, Winters is responsible for maintaining medical mission readiness through equipment acquisitions in order to help increase the ability to care for patients at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram.

Although not directly assigned to patient care, she does take opportunities to pursue her passions of helping as many people as she can. Even during her off time she volunteers in the hospital transporting patients or whatever else is needed.

“My ultimate goal in life is to help as many people as possible,” Winters said.

Winters plans to continue helping people and serving a long Air Force career. Her goal is to retire as an accomplished chief master sergeant.

“When I say accomplished I don’t mean in promotions or awards,” Winters said. “I mean the more people I am able to reach, teach and mentor, the more people are able to go forth and do the same.”

The 455th Expeditionary Medical Group is the medical component of Task Force Medical-Afghanistan, providing combat medical services and support to U.S. and coalition forces throughout Afghanistan. The group staffs the Craig Joint Theater Hospital, the most capable Role III trauma hospital in Afghanistan. Additionally, they serve as hub for all aeromedical evacuation missions within the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan.