SSgt Ninzel Horsley Rasmuson enlisted in the Air National Guard just a couple weeks after her 18th birthday. She served from 1989-2001. She recalls the impression left on her after visiting the Air Force Academy in Colorado as a child and the impact of attending Military Balls through the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) with her grandfather, Lt Col Robert Horsley (Ret). She felt a deep commitment to serve her country from her early childhood experiences.
Ninzel went to Basic Training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX and graduated as an Honor Graduate. She completed three Administrative Management Technical Schools at Keesler, AFB in Biloxi, MS.
Ninzel mostly served at Camp Murray and McChord AFB, HQ Det 1, although she did serve one year for the Montana Air Guard. Ninzel worked as a GI Education Specialist and was a member of the Mishap Investigation team.
Awards: Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Gulf War Campaign Medal, and Airman of the Year.
After an honorable discharge in 2001, Ninzel went on to pursue her dreams of completing her education, including a B.A. in Human Services from Western Washington University, a M.S. in Human and Community Services from Capella University, and a PhD in Education, specializing in Post-Secondary Adult Education and Professional Studies from Capella University.
Currently, she dedicates her time as Founder & President to the grassroots non-profit organization, Operation Veteran Support. She has a deep commitment to God, Family, Veterans, and Country.
We honor you, Ninzel Rasmuson.