Health Care Specialist: Army Reserve Careers

As a health care specialist in the Army reserve, SSG Surena takes care of people, whatever their needs and wherever they may be.
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[MUSIC] SURENA: We work with blood pressure cuffs, IFAK, MC4s to relay information. We're equipped to do it all. I'm Staff Sergeant Fabiola Surena, 68 Whiskey Healthcare Specialist. In the Army Reserve, 68 Whiskies are known as "68 Whatever," because we work in different environments. We go from triaging patients to assisting doctors and nurses, primary care clinics to OB/GYN, to the OR. 68 Whiskey is about taking care of people. My grandfather was a general in the Army, and for the short time that I did know him, I admired what he did. And so I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Both my parents are doctors, so I- I grew up with a house where everything was about helping others. As a 68 Whiskey, there's a lot that we do that's not field-related. It's about going out and helping third-world countries and helping those in need after natural disasters. I love my humanitarian work with the Army, because it allows me a chance to just give back to those who don't have. We set up makeshift hospitals and provide care where it's needed. We go to the source; we don't wait for them to come to us. [INAUDIBLE VOICE ON RADIO] The only reward in assisting in humanitarian efforts is being able to see families recovering and putting a smile on their face and letting them know that they have hope. I describe being an Army Reserve Soldier differently because it's not all about picking up a gun and going into battle. It's about so much more. It's about getting a career, getting an education and preparing yourself for the life after the military. The Army is helping me with my master's degree and a doctorate in global health by paying for my education. I'm very proud of my accomplishments in the Army. I'm proud of how much I've learned and how far I got in being a soldier and being able to take that and apply it to my civilian life and passing those skills on to my kids is just, you have to be proud. [MUSIC]