DeeAnn Stover, youngest daughter of Clark and Darlene Stover, started her military career in the delayed enlistment program on Oct. 22, 1985 at 17 years old. Only three days after graduating high school, her first day of Basic Military Training was June 3, 1986.

DeeAnn Stover, youngest daughter of Clark and Darlene Stover, started her military career in the delayed enlistment program on Oct. 22, 1985 at 17 years old. Only three days after graduating high school, her first day of Basic Military Training was June 3, 1986. After completing BMT she reported to technical school at Sheppard AFB, Texas to become a tactical Aircraft Mechanic otherwise known as crew chief on fighter jets. After completing additional training at Langley AFT, Virginia, in December of the same year Major Weed was off to her first assignment at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, in the 18th Fighter Wing, 12th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and the Air Force’s largest combat wing.

While in the 12th AMS she was a dedicated crew chief on F-15C. Two years later she left for her for her next assignment at Myrtle Beach AFT, South Carolina where she had already sewn on SrA and was then a dedicated crew chief of A-10 Attack aircraft, of the 354 Fighter Squadron in the 354th Fighter Wing.

In January of 1990, Major Weed separated from active duty with intentions of going to college and returning on active duty as a commissioned officer. Major Weed came home and joined the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, an Air Force Reserve unit as a crew chief working on C-130 Cargo aircraft and was promptly promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. While going to college at Colorado State University-Pueblo for a Bachelor’s of Science of Nursing she still worked regularly on the flight line. While preparing the aircraft for a three-day mission to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida she ran into a loadmaster also flying on this mission named Larry Weed. This is where it all began, in the back of a C-130.

After graduating with her BSN in May 1995, Weed and Larry got married, and in September of 1995 she passed the NCLEX Review and received her nursing license, Major Weed applied for the Nurse Transition Program to come onto active duty; however, that year there were only 12 positions Air Force wide for NTP. Major Weed and her husband moved to San Antonio, Texas were she was employed full time at Baptist Medical Center and stayed in the Air Force Reserves at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas and received her commission through the 433rd Aerospace Medical Squadron, as a fight nurse. After eight months of civilian nursing, Major Weed Applied again for active duty and was assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing, 325th Medical Operations Squadron, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

Her next assignment was at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She worked on a very busy medical-surgical floor for three years learning the basics of medicine; she was then reassigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

In April of 2001, in Alaska, she was the nurse manager over the Flight Medicine Clinic and was once again assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, 354th Aerospace medical Squadron. After a three year tour in Fairbanks. Alaska, in July 2004, Major Weed was accepted to Operating Room Nurse Residency, and was the class leader for 2004 graduating glass and one of the top performers of the class. Her first assignment in the operating room took her to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio in the 88th Air Force Material Command, 88th Surgical Operations Squadron, where she was made the Orthopedics Service Nurse Manager.

In June 2006, Major Weed separated from active duty and took a civil service job at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii where she specialized in the OR even more as the Orthopedics Sports Medicine Service Nurse Manager in a high paced, busy 12 suite OR that serviced all branches of the military, Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

After being in Hawaii for only a month or so, she found out that she was pregnant with her and Larry’s first and only son Tyler, who was born in Kaiser Permanente-Moanalua, Hawaii. Her husband Larry, at the time was a Computer Specialist in the civil service as well, at Fort Shafter, Hawaii and was transferred shortly thereafter to Umatilla Chemical Depot in Hermiston, Oregon.

In Oregon is where Major Weed was ready to go back onto active duty. In July of 2009, she re-entered the Air Force and was assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, 673rd Surgical Operations Squadron, Anchorage, Alaska. The newly promoted Major was placed into an Operations Officer position over a very busy seven suite operating room.

In June of 2010 Major Weed was deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan where she found herself being the nightshift officer in charge over the largest trauma center in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In the span of her 200 day deployment, Bagram Air Base, she received over 6000 traumas form the battlefield and seven separate mass causalities while taking on multiple mortar attacks with the enemy Taliban members breaking through security and infiltrating onto the American military base.

In February of 2011, Major Weed started her flying adventure by going to flight school for her Private Pilots License at the Elmendorf Aero Club, flying in a Cessna Skyhawk 172. In a somewhat remote assignment. After 29 years of roaming around the world, Major Weed is retiring and finally going home to Colorado where her, Larry and Tyler will reside in the in the small mountain town of Woodland Park.

Weed’s Education

1989 Professional Military Academy

1989 Nat’l Certification. Air Frame and Powerplant

1996 Joint Readiness Training Center, US Army Fort Polk, LA

1995 Bachelors of Science of Nursing, Colorado State University- Pueblo

1996 Fundamentals of Nursing, Correspondence

2000 Combat Causality Care Course, Camp Bullis, TX

2004 Operating Room Nurse Residency

Weed’s Assignments

Dec 1986 – Dec 1988, 18th Fighter Wing, Kadena AB, Okinawa

Jan 1989 – Jan 1990, 354th Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach AFB, SC

Jan 1990 – May 1995, 302nd Airlift Wing, AFRES, Peterson AFB, CO

Sept 1995 – Aug 1996, 433rd Aerospace Medical Squadron, AFRES, Kelly AFB, TX

Oct 1996 – Aug 1997, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall AFB, FL

May 1998 – May 2001, 96th Medical Wing, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX

May 2001 – Apr 2004, 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson AFB, AK

Nov 2004 – June 2006, 88th Air Force Material Command, Wright – Patterson AFB, OH

July 2009 – July 2012, 673rd Medical Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK

July 2012 – Present 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, ID

Weed’s Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal, two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Good Conduct Medal

Air Reserves Forces Meritorious Service Medal

National Defense Service Medal, on bronze star

Afghanistan Campaign Medal, one bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Short Tour

Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Long Tour, one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, gold border

Air Force Longevity Service, three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Training Ribbon, one oak leaf cluster

NATO Medal