Veteran of the Month: Angela Ogas

By Saline Eagle Staff

Angela is a first for us. She is our first female veteran to be chosen as Veteran of the Month and our first Veteran of the Month to be born on base. Angela was born at Beale AFB in California. Both of her parents were in the United States Air Force, and are now retired.
Angela enlisted in the army in February of 2000. She was sent to Ft. Jackson in South Carolina for 10 weeks of basic training. After completion of her basic training she was assigned to Ft. Lee, Virginia for 16 weeks of AIT (Advanced Individual Training) training as a Medical Supply Specialist. In July of 2001, Angela was transferred to Ft. Hood in Texas. At Ft. Hood, as an E2, she was in charge of tracking and ordering of medical supplies.
Due to Stop-loss (involuntary extension of a service member’s active duty service), once Angela’s three year tour was complete, she was forced to remain in the army. Looking for a change, Angela immediately reenlisted and requested to cross train for a Dual MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). Angela was assigned to Ft. Sam Houston in Texas for 28 weeks of training as a Combat Medic. She then transferred to Ft. Riley, Kansas for 8 weeks of Air Assault Training, after which she was transferred to Ft. Hood.
Angela was in the first unit deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. While in Baghdad on her first nine month tour of duty, she was stationed at a combat hospital. She returned to Ft. Hood, but returned to Baghdad for another 9 month tour. Their Impact Coverage Zone included Camp Anaconda, Camp Liberty, Camp Victory, Taji and Tikrit.
Angela was injured by an IED (improvised explosive device) right outside the gates of the compound while in Iraq. She suffered extensive injuries to her right side, both internally and externally, and was sent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment. Upon her release from Walter Reed, Angela returned to Ft. Hood to await her discharge. She was awarded a medical discharge after which she moved to Michigan to be near her parents, who had retired and moved to Ann Arbor.
Angela Ogas holds the following:
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• 215th Support Battalion
• 1st Air Cavalry Division
• 215th Support Battalion Crests
• Air Assault Badge
• Army Commendation Medal W/Oak Leaf
• Army Achievement Medal W/Oak Leaf
• Army Good Conduct Medal
• Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
• National Defense Service Medal
• Iraq Campaign Medal
• War on Terrorism Service Medal
• Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
• Army Service Ribbon
• Quartermaster Crest
• Sharpshooter Badge W/Rifle and Pistol Bars
• Marksman Badge W/Grenade and Bayonet Bars
• Combat Medical Badge
• US & Quartermaster Collar Insignia
When asked her advice for young people who are thinking of joining the military, Angela states, “You make your own destiny. The military will be as good as you make it. It’s not easy but it is well worth it. Just make sure you take as many opportunities you can when they are offered and don’t be too proud to ask for help. We all need it at times. Also, don’t hesitate to file your VA Claims once you have completed your tour of duty.”
Angela lives with her husband, Sgt. Tony Kirk, whom she met during her first tour of duty in Iraq. He was with Special Forces and was also injured and received a medical discharge. Her two daughters, 13 year old Kayla, who plays the trumpet and competes in softball and 11 year old Beth, who plays the violin and competes in track and soccer, Great Dane Onyx and Boxer/Lab mix Thor (who is a licensed service dog) complete the household.
We thank Angela and her family for their dedication and commitment to preserving the quality of life we are able to have and for their sacrifices for their country.

2 Responses to Veteran of the Month: Angela Ogas

  1. Angela Ogas July 20, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Thank you for all your support

  2. Rose Dubois July 21, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I have known Angie for almost 5 year’s now, being neighbors most through most of our friendship. I have to say, that above all that she has accomplished.. She still gives to those whom she see’s might need, or even desire help with accomplishing their own goals. She gives freely to her friends and family, with nothing but gratitude to gain. She does her best to be the best neighbor, friend, and family member she can be. For that alone, is one heck of an accomplishment ang.. Thank you for who you are, and what you have given to all of us.


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