Gloria Somarriba, medical assistant with proven clinical and administrative skills, was born and raised in Nicaragua. Married with 2 kids, she cherishes her free time, enjoying crafts, puzzles and reading. Since childhood, she has had a passion for helping people. She graduated from Coral Gable High School and then enrolled in the nursing program at Miami Dade Community College.
Currently, she is in-demand Medical Assistant at Pali Momi Womenís Center, Aiea, Hawaii. Loved by all patients as she prepares them for procedures. She assures that forms are complete and ably assists Radiologist Technician with ultra-sounds.
Her Medical Training includes: Certified CPR and First Aid. Versed in all Medical Terminology. She is Bilingual Spanish / English. Skilled in Vital Signs, Autoclaving, Capillary Puncture, Urinalysis Screening, EKG Set-Up and Medical Manager.
Currently living in Hawaii, Gloria earned her Associate Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting from Heald College, Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 2002 she enlisted in the US Army for eight years. Her military occupation specialty was as Automated Logistical Specialist (92A). Her honorable 8 years US Army Military service:
US Army, FT. Carson, Colorado. Warehouse Clerk. She was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Brigade, 64th Forward Support Battalion Bravo Company. She managed turn-in, receiving, and storage of parts, operated SARSS system, resolved customersí problems and safely operated, pallet jacks and forklifts. She was responsible for receiving and storing thousands of parts, working rapidly to meet deadlines. She operated pallet jacks, 4K, 6K forklifts safely, with a 0% incident rate.
The 64th BSB deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team from 2003-2004 (one year rotation) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. She received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and an Overseas Service Ribbon.
Three months after returning from Iraq, Gloria received order for Camp Caserma, Italy. In December 2004, she was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Support Battalion as Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge. She maintained accurate stock records and schedules, ensured proper equipment functions, managed inventories of Direct Support Stock, conducted meetings on mission scheduling, meeting all safety guidelines. Her strategic leadership includes training subordinates on SAMMS 1, which she also operated safely with pallet jacks and forklifts.
The 173rd Airborne Brigade deployed to Afghanistan in March 2005-2006 (one year rotation) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She was promoted to Non-Commissioner Officer and her company provided logistical support from the airfield Kandahar, Afghanistan, which was essential to the front line.
In July 2006, the 173rd Airborne relocated to the Warner Barracks in Bamberg, Germany. As a Non-Commissioned Officer, she was in charge of the Direct Support Battalion and Brigade. Once again, The Brigade deployed, as the Task Force Bayonet, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF 07-09) from February 2007 to June 2008. She conducted morning meetings daily on mission scheduling, ensuring all subordinates followed safety guidelines implemented by the Maintenance section. She checked daily dispatches on equipment, for proper functions and deviances were annotated. She conducted monthly, quarterly and yearly inventories of the Direct Support section, operated heavy equipment 4K, 6K, 10K forklifts, 5 tons, and pallet low system safely, with 0% incident rate.
Gloria received two Army Commendation Medals, an Army Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Medal, a Drivers and Mechanic Badge w/Driver-Wheeled Vehicles, a Combat Action Badge, a Commissioned Officer Professional Development and four Overseas Service Ribbons. Three months after returning from Afghanistan, Gloria received orders for FT Lewis Washington.
Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, in October 2008, Gloria was assigned to the rear Detachment as Unit Organization Supply Sergeant in the 63rd Ordinance, 80th Ordinance Battalion, where she served for two years. She supported company and operational goals, conducted inventories of supply stock, following established procedures, assured training of subordinates on logistics operations and PBUSE.
In January 2009, the Battalion deployed to Iraq, where she evaluated and reconfigured systems to support forward company and operational goals, conducted monthly, quarterly, and yearly inventories of the supply stock, following proper selection procedures as established by the Brigade, trained subordinates on logistics operations and PBUSE.
After serving eight years in the military, Gloria rejoined her husband at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
Her extensive Military Education includes: Combat Life Saver, Unit Organization Supply, Warrior Leader, and Automated Logistical Specialist. Driverís license for light and heavy equipment.
Highly decorated, with Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, and Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Medal.
Many Ribbons: Commissioned Officer Professional Development, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.
Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Wheeled Vehicles and Combat Action Badge.
3 Combat tours: Iraq 2003-2004; Afghanistan 2005-2008.