Interview Date: March 10, 2010
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Stephanie Murphy joined the Army Reserves in 1998 at seventeen, served as a surgical technologist in the Iraq War, and joined the Air Force as a medic after returning to the United States. In this interview Murphy describes her decision to join the reserves, her experiences in boot camp and training, and being deployed in the middle of her undergraduate studies. She describes her experiences as a surgical technologist in Iraq, speaks specifically about medical practices in emergency situations, and discusses the military before and after 9/11. In addition, Murphy describes challenges she faced coming back to the United States, transitioning to a campus community, and the role of women in the military.
School: University of Kentucky
Major: Physician Assistant
Hometown: Dunkirk, New York
Service: United States Army Reserves, Kentucky Air National Guard
Wars Served: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Dates: September 12, 1988 –