Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Lee Ackermann.

Lee joined the Air Force in 1973. After basic training, she completed technical school in Computer Operations at Shepard AFB, Texas. She went on to serve domestically and abroad, including time in South Korea, England, and West Germany. She retired in 1994.

After her retirement, Lee worked for the United States Postal Service in Colorado Springs, CO until 1997 when she accepted a position with Department of State. She was a Foreign Service Specialist and served at embassies in Moscow, Russia; Tel Aviv, Israel; Budapest, Hungary; Damascus, Syria; Tirana, Albania; and Kabul, Afghanistan.

During her military and government careers, Lee totaled more than 38 years of service and saw 53 countries.

Lee returned home to Rio Rancho, New Mexico where she put her creativity to work making blankets, shawls, and quilts for support organizations and people in need.

Thank you for your service, Lee!

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Published on Oct. 11, 2016

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