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First Sergeant Edna R. Vargas was born and raised in McAllen, Texas, and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2003 as a 15Q, Air Traffic Controller. She completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and graduated Advanced Individual Training as a 15Q in Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Her assignments include ATNAVICS Shift Leader, D Co, 1-58th Aviation Regiment in Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; Training Supervisor for both Runkle and Tabernacle Towers in A Co, 1-11th Aviation Regiment in Fort Rucker; ATNAVICS Training Supervisor, F Co, 3-2 GSAB in K-16, Korea; Facility Chief Highbluff Tower, B Co, 1-11th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker; ATNAVICS Facility Chief, ATC Senior Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant with 1-58th Airfield Operations Battalion in Fort Rucker; Airspace Command and Control NCOIC with 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Fort Drum, New York; 15P/15Q Professional Development NCO with Human Resources Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky; First Sergeant for F Co 1-52d Aviation Regiment, First Sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1-52d Aviation Regiment and currently serving as the Deputy Commandant for the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officers Academy in Fort Rucker.
Vargas’s deployments include two to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn and one to Afghanistan. Her first deployment was with D Co, 1-58th AVN REGT in Taji, Iraq. Her second tour was 1-58th Airfield Operations Battalion in Taji, Iraq and Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Her third tour was with the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team at FOB Lightning Afghanistan.
Her military education includes the Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Ground Safety Officer Course, Unit Prevention Leader, Equal Opportunity Leader’s Course, SHARP, Contingency Airfield Management, Company Commander First Sergeants Course, Master Resilience Trainer, and Common Faculty Development Instructor Course. Her technical certifications include three FAA CTO certifications, four GCA ratings, three ATCS ratings, and CTO/ATCS Examiner certification.
Vargas’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), NATO Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (4th award), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Korean National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Senior Aviation Badge, Combat Action Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, and Army Superior Unit Award and the Honorable Order of Saint Michael (Bronze Award).
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