Stefanie Everts, United States Marine Corps

Flight Nurse, Air Evac 119 - Moberly, Missouri

Stefanie Everts misses the U.S. Marine Corps every day. She joined that branch of the military because she thought it was the toughest. She wanted to challenge herself. After training, she became a heavy equipment operator, operating cranes, forklifts, graders and scrapers. These were skills that came in particularly handy on a training mission in New Mexico, building houses on the Navajo Reservation.

Everts' husband was also active military and in the wake of September 11, they were set to deploy again. By this time, the couple had two small children and parting from them far outweighed Everts’ love of the Marine Corps. She finished up her contract and returned to civilian life. She had always wanted to get into the medical field and set her sights on becoming a nurse.

Today, Everts serves as a Flight Nurse for Air Evac Lifeteam in Moberly, Missouri as part of a flight team on a H135 air ambulance helicopter. She draws from her military experience in her successful and vital civilian career.

“My military training has helped prepare me for my current role because every flight is different,” she said. “You have to constantly think outside of the box. You have to expect the unexpected and you always have a plan B, C and sometimes D. I’m proud to be part of a company that serves our communities.”

Years of Service
Everts served for eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps. In that time, she traveled across the States and visited countries such as Okinawa, Korea and Guam.

Rank Achieved
In her eight years, Everts attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, operating heavy machinery for the Marine Corps.

Favorite Military Memory
When building houses with the Marine Corps on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, Everts met a World War II veteran who had served as a Navajo Code Talker. The Navajo language, unknown by the Axis powers of Germany and Japan, was used to encode communications. The story of the Navajo Code Talkers was immortalized in the 2002 movie Windtalkers, starring Nicholas Cage.