Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Nilsa Rosada Bibiloni. Nilsa served during the Persian Gulf War.

Nilsa volunteered to serve in Persian Gulf War and enlisted from 1983 to 2005. She enlisted in Puerto Rico and was sent to basic training in Orlando, Florida.

While in service, Nilsa was an Aviation Electrician’s Mate. She was one of the first females to obtain this rate since it had just opened for women. She was stationed in Japan and Virginia. Nilsa achieved the rank of senior chief petty officer and was mainly in charge of handling between three to five divisions, focusing on ensuring the safety of the female sailors as the women at sea coordinator.

Nilsa was assigned to the Fighter Squadron VF-43 out of NAS Oceana, Fleet Composite Squadron 8, and the USS Kitty Hawk. Nilsa served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Enduring Freedom. She earned multiple awards for both the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three times), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five times), Navy Good Conduct Medal (five times).

Nilsa retired after 22 years of service and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Hampshire University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Troy State University.

Thank you for your service, Nilsa!

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at

Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

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Published on Oct. 12, 2017

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