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SHEro Spotlight

Bernardine "Bernie" Donato
U.S. Navy and Air National Guard (retired)

 
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Bernardine "Bernie" served on active duty in the Navy Nurse Corps then transferred to the California Air National Guard 146th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as a tactical C-130 Flight Nurse. Her duty stations in the Navy were at NRMC Camp Pendleton, USNRMC Okinawa, Japan, and NRMC Long Beach, CA.  In the 14 years Bernie served in the Air National Guard she progressed from a basic flight nurse to flight nurse instructor and examiner with over 840 logged hours of flight time. Amongst other events Bernie participated in Wounded Warrior in Korea and deployed to Panama to backfill their current medical flight crew. Along with many other flight nurses and medical technicians this nurse was activated on Title 10 orders to Operation Desert Shield and Storm. There she was stationed in Riyadh, King Khalid Military City, and Al Qaisumah Airport, Saudi Arabia.  Bernie retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel after 24 years of service. 

Over half of Bernie's 40 yr nursing career was as a Emergency/Trauma nurse in Los Angeles.  In addition Officer Donato completed the Los Angeles Police Academy and served as a reserve police officer for 11 yrs. She was awarded the Los Angeles Reserve Officer of the year in 1995 and Los Angeles County reserve police officer of the year in 1996.  Today, in retirement, Bernie is active in cycling, weight lifting an walking. As a result of this she was chosen as one of 10 women veteran athletes for the VA Center for Women Veterans athlete initiative in 2018. She is an artist who has earned awards in local and VA competitions and exhibited in gallery shows for Women veteran artists. In retirement she has been an active volunteer in Team RWB, Team Rubicon, the Travis Manion Foundation, and the local soup kitchen.  Bernie serves as the social media coordinator and historian for Triangle Women Veterans. 

We thank her for her service to her country and community.  

What we are up to this month:  June 2024

TWV Quarterly Meeting and Patriotic Auction

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TWV Meeting schedule

Fourth Saturday of March, June, September,

and first Saturday of December.

Meetings are in person or Zoom and often include lunches, speakers or special programs. Open to all women veterans, family members, and those supporting women veterans.

Celebrating more than
25 years as
a
Women Veterans Unit!

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