Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Tammy Lowery, who was a leader in naval medicine and care and now woks with the Texas Veterans Commission.
For Navy Veteran Tammy Lowery, the military provided an opportunity to leave her native west Texas and travel the world. She believed the Navy to be the perfect branch to enlist in for this goal, as she would sail the seas.
In 1997, Lowery’s first tour began, where she completed two six-month deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. She originally worked as an aviation medicine technician, performing preliminary screenings and flight physicals. Lowery became a squadron hospital corpsman in 2003. She served with the Golden Warriors squadron, providing support for troops fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lowery deployed to the same region in 2005.
From 2006 to 2009, Lowery served as a leading petty officer. She went to the naval hospital at Oak Harbor, Washington, where she supervised 21 hospital corpsman and worked to ensure that patients were receiving optimal care. Lowery then deployed in 2007 to Kabul, Afghanistan, for one year as an individual augmentee to the Combined Security Transition Command. While there, Lowery established a medical training school for the Afghan police force and educated approximately 200 Afghans. In 2009, Lowery served aboard USS John C. Stennis. She was the aircraft carrier’s leading aviation technician, a title that charged her with verifying the medical qualifications of aircraft personnel. After 18 months on board, Lowery became the lead corpsman of the medical training team.
Lowery then went to the Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Florida, from 2011 to 2014. She was the leading chief petty officer of the physical qualifications department and an assistant to the Command Managed Equal Opportunity advisor for the Naval Medicine Training Operational Center. As an assistant, Lowery helped conduct an annual climate survey. She also studied focus groups comprised of Training Center subcommand members in order to propose effective changes to the NOMTC work environment.
Her last posting was Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in 2014. Lowery supervised over 10 medical programs for 300 commands across the West Coast, Japan and Guam. Lowery also oversaw the White House’s service treatment records mailout program. This initiative delivered sailors their medical and dental records within two months of their leaving the service.
Lowery currently resides in Lubbock, Texas. She is the founder and commander of the Women Veterans of America-Hub City Chapter 53, an organization that advocates for women Veterans’ health care and aims to highlight the service of all female Veterans. Lowery is also the vice president for Veterans of Wars MC, a group that, among other services, provides Veterans with financial assistance and trains local law enforcement on how best to help and interact with Veterans in their communities.
She received Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement and Army Commendation Medals during her service
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