by Tech. Sgt. Ian Carrier
914th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
10/22/2012 - NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. -- A member of the Niagara family has been recognized for outstanding contributions to the care and treatment of others.
Lt. Col. Kathleen Fay, Medical Readiness officer and Critical Care Air
Transport team nurse for the 914th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, was
selected as a recipient of the Brigadier General Beverly S. Lindsey
Nursing Leadership Award for fiscal year 2011. Fay was notified of the
award during her recent 6-month deployment to Afghanistan.
"I was surprised, really surprised," she said. "It seems like there are
more people doing more stuff. It's an honor, it's special to say I got
While at Bagram Airfield, Fay was the Intensive Care Flight Commander.
"We took care of everyone there," she explained. "Kids, our guys, NATO
forces. There is nothing better than taking care of our troops. They
deserve the best, that's why I don't complain when I go. I volunteer."
Lt. Col. Fay, who came to the Air Force Reserve in 2000 from the Army,
has deployed numerous times. As well as the recent Bagram rotation, she
has worked in Germany, Balad and Baghdad, Iraq, in addition to other
Southwest Asia locations.
"I love my deployments. I want to go one more time before I retire," she said.
In the civilian sector, Fay works at Erie County Medical Center, a
level-one trauma center in western New York. Working as a charge nurse
in the Medical Intensive Care Unit helps keep her skills up, said Fay.
The award was named for the first nurse general officer selected from
any of the military reserve forces. Col. Beverly S. Lindsey was selected
for brigadier general on July 1, 1985. She was the Mobilization
Assistant to the Chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps Reserve from