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The Academy is a powerful
organization that can offer a voice. I
hope to inspire other nurses that they
too can make a difference and an impact
on multiple levels. " - Dr. Kathleen Flarity
and the long hours she has invested to ensure
nursing is fully represented in both academic
and operational discussions. Her actions have
truly been motivated by integrity and a desire
to ensure equity for healthcare workers at all
levels across all backgrounds. I am confident
military nursing and the profession of nursing
as a whole have advanced, in part, due to her
dedication and hard work over her 40 years
of service, " wrote Dr. Pearl Treyball to the
Academy's board.
Flarity started her military service at the age
of 17 as an Army combat medic in the US Army
Airborne School. In 1986, the military had just
started allowing women to serve, so she was
one of nine women. She recalls weighing 110
pounds, in charge of a platoon of men, and
having to make combat jumps with 85 pounds
of gear; a reserve parachute in the front, a
rifle at their sides and a rucksack between
their legs.
" Do you want to quit?! " The Airborne instructors
would yell at the soldiers every single day. She
says they always answered, " Hell, no! Sergeant
Airborne! "
In her 41 years of military service and 23 years
in aeromedical evacuation, she deployed to help
support Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm,
Iraq and Enduring Freedom. She received an Air
Medal for stellar performance, personally flying
44 combat missions and caring for more than
3,000 patients overall during 450 critical care
missions. Today as a reservist, she helps lead AE
crews and critical care transport teams to work in
the full range of military operations, humanitarian assistance
and disaster response.
It is a rare feat to start as a US Army combat medic private and
end up as a US Air Force Brigadier General.
" For me, it's about a strong work ethic and perseverance. I've
also had great mentors. No one gets to be where they are alone.
Success takes support; failure you can do alone. I've been
blessed that I've had people believe in me, sometimes push
and challenge me, and I've been grateful for that, " she said.
It's why she committed to mentoring other nurses in research,
development and leadership.
" I always try to do a good job where I'm at. I tell others if you do
good work now, the next opportunity will just present itself. "
Flarity was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing
on October 9, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
Left: Dr. Kathleen Flarity and daughter Tori before skydiving
Upper right: Dr. Kathleen Flarity takes a freefall.
Lower right: Dr. Kathleen Flarity, daughter Tori and son Patric, about to repack
parachutes after skydiving.

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