AMCOM Operations Officer Wins Academic Scholarship
- Published: Monday, 19 August 2019 22:51
By Gina Baltrusch, Aviation and Missile Command Public Affairs, August 14, 2019
An Aviation and Missile Command operations officer will continue studies toward a doctoral degree with the help of a $4,000 academic scholarship award she received Aug. 6 during the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville.
Capt. Maria Miranda applied for and won the 2019 Lt. Gen. Larry Dodgen Memorial University Scholarship, a program administered by the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association.
Miranda is a Reserve logistics officer serving a three-year assignment in AMCOM’s Operations Directorate. She plans to use the scholarship to continue her doctoral degree in public health at Walden University.
Miranda emigrated from Nicaragua to the United States with her parents in 1988 when she was 10. She became a U.S. citizen in 2005 while serving as an enlisted Soldier, then attended Officer Candidate School to become a Reserve officer in 2009. She holds a bachelor’s in physical education and health promotion, and a master of exercise science and rehabilitation. Miranda’s pursuit of a doctoral degree in public health puts her on a path toward supporting community health services and influencing positive social change in individuals’ health-related choices.
In her current assignment, Miranda processes all of the taskers that come into AMCOM – about 400-plus taskers every month. Across the Army, higher-echelon commands send numerous taskers to subordinate units for appropriate action. Taskers often have complex requirements, and need personnel, materials or equipment in order to complete.