Shirlee Daly, RN
Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Gastroenterology, General Surgery and Neurology
Serving in the Air Force and signing my name on that dotted line meant a lot to me. I know that I am among an elite few—0.45 percent of Americans—who would do anything to protect our country, serve our great nation and protect our beautiful flag.
I never grasped the full meaning of that until September 11, 2001. I am thankful to have served our country during that national crisis. I pray our nation never sees a day like that again, but I am grateful I was able to serve in such an important role during it.
The Air Force has three core values that you are taught to live, work and die by:
- Service before self
- Excellence in all you do
I continue to live my life by these amazing values, and I pray that my patients and co-workers feel and see those values when they work with me.
I also feel like the "drink water and drive on" attitude that is often taken in the military has assisted me in making it through 2020 with the constant changes that COVID-19 has brought us. We can't go back go to how it was before, so let’s do our best to move forward and weather the storm together.
Photo: This was taken in 2001 in St. Louis, MO, for the Air Force Sergeant's Association (AFSA) Annual Awards Banquet. I was a candidate for the AFSA International Airman of the Year.