WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – After spending two and a half decades in the military, a local veteran shares her story.
“It’s been such an honor and a privilege, and I can’t say how much it’s been made me feel like, ya know, I had the opportunity to do everything I could do for my country because my country gives me so much,” Chief Master Sgt. Dr. Sandra Dye said.
Dye spent 26 years in the United States military.
“I had the opportunity to deploy several times, and I think that’s the most rewarding point,” she said. “Those are the times that are the most stressful, but also the time that are the most rewarding.”
Although she’s been all around the world, she spent a lot of time in one particular country.
“Turkey was probably my most difficult, but also my most rewarding opportunity to work with different military members from different places and different branches of the service,” said Dye.
After spending several years on active duty, she joined the reserves after the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks.
For the later half of her military career, she was a first sergeant in several squadrons including aircraft maintenance and operations.
Dye retired in February as a chief master sergeant. She said she will continue to serve her country. She is involved in the Employer Support of the Guard Reserve, AMVETS and Disabled American Veterans.
“We try to do different things around the community to make sure that people realize that we still have military people deploying and giving service to the country,” Dye said.
She said it’s a great feeling knowing she has helped people not only in the U.S., but around the world.
“It’s incredible for me to be able to be here,” Dye said. “Because I couldn’t be here, if all these veterans before us weren’t here and done all of the wonderful things they did and took advantage of the opportunities to make things better for everyone to follow.”
Dye currently serves as a clinical professor at Purdue University.