Ashley Engle

Current Sentinel, Senior Airman

Air Force for four years. During that time, she suffered from work-related injuries that continued to get worse and eventually developed Von Willebrand’s Disease – a lifelong bleeding disorder in which your blood does not clot well. After receiving her honorable discharge, Ashley moved to California and began her journey of breaking into the health care field, a goal she has had for a long time. Ashley achieved her phlebotomy certification and has been working as a phlebotomist since 2019 giving her a chance to gain experience while applying to Surgical Technician programs which will get her to her goal of assisting with surgeries in the operating room.

During her time attending Los Medanos college, she met other sentinels who told her about Sentinels of Freedom and encouraged her to apply for the program. After acceptance to Contra Costa Medical Career College, she applied to SoF and was accepted in the spring 2022 cohort. Ashley is working towards her Associate in Surgical Technology and will graduate in December 2022. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her 4 children and is excited to be a Sentinel and take advantage of the connections and resources offered!

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