United States Army
This month we salute U.S. Army Veteran Sharon DeWitt who has answered the call to serve our nation with great valor and dedication. Sharon now calls Louisiana home but was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She joined the United States Army after graduation from high school becoming the first in her family to join the military. She attended basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama where she was in one of the last Women’s Army Corps (WACS battalions), a fact she is very proud of. She was trained as a UH 1 Huey Helicopter Mechanic/Crew Chief and served at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Rucker, Alabama, and Camp Page, Chun Chon, South Korea, the closest post to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating north and South Korea. Sharon says the best part of her time in South Korea was flying Huey “gun runs” in the air space over South Korea. She met and married her husband Greg at Fort Hood, separated from the Army and followed him in his career to various assignments including New Mexico, Georgia, Germany and Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Bossier, Louisiana.
Sharon has always had a heart for service and volunteering. She has been a Red Cross volunteer for 30 years, receiving several awards including the Red Cross Merit Award. She has been a Catholic youth director and Sunday school teacher for 25 years and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year, Barksdale AFB Chapel. She is employed at the 2nd Medical Group, Barksdale AFB, and has received numerous awards including the Civilian of the Year in 2021, and she was recognized as a Veterans Celebration recipient in 2022- one of only 11 veterans so honored in the Shreveport area. Her military awards include the Aircraft Crewman Badge, Marksman (rifle and grenade), National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal.
We are grateful for Sharon’s service and all that she continues to do for her community.
Sharon, you make Louisiana and our nation proud!
SMSGT US Air Force, retired
Women Veterans of the ArkLATex
Louisiana Veterans Affairs Commission