By Abelardo Balcazar
McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic
Spc. Tiffany Mendez, a Healthcare Specialist at McAfee U.S. Army Health Clinic, has been selected for enrollment in the Army Medical Department Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP) for fiscal year 2015.
Mendez is a native of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and has been in the Army since 2010. She reported to McAfee Clinic at White Sands Missile Range in April 2011 along with her husband and three children.
She said her motivation for applying to the program came from a previous Army Nurse assigned to McAfee. “Capt. Paul Lascuna introduced me to the program and explained to me how it allowed him to go from enlisted to officer. It sounded like a great idea and I began to complete my pre-requisite courses at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces,” she said. In addition, she credited the professionalism and mentorship from many of the healthcare staff at McAfee with developing her passion for nursing and the healthcare field.
The AECP provides eligible enlisted Soldiers of the Regular Army, National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Guard and Reserve with an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and a follow-on commission in the Nurse Corps. Mendez will be attending New Mexico State University in Las Cruces to complete her degree.
She will receive full pay and allowances while in the program for up to 24 months. AECP funds tuition costs of up to $9,000 per year, and up to $1,000 per year reimbursement for books. Upon successful completion of the program, Mendez will be commissioned as second lieutenant in the active component of the Army Nurse Corps, and designated in officer specialty 66H, medical-surgical nurse.