Air Force Veteran Krystal Chavez ('23) plans to serve military with PharmD

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Meet Krystal Chavez, from Greenville, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toledo, majoring in pharmacology and toxicology with a chemistry minor. She served in the U.S. Air Force, Airman first class, as an F-16 Avionics Technician for three years.

Describe your experience in the military:

KC: It was a lot of hard work, but I had a lot of fun being a maintainer. I was given the nickname Smiley because I still had a smile on my face even when I was covered in sweat, grease, and jet fuel. I learned from coworkers that had years of experience the tricks of the trade. I found out that I am great at troubleshooting and wiring a jet. The best advice I ever got was that the difference between a good technician and a great technician is that a great technician can fix their own mistakes.

Why do you want to be a pharmacist?

KC:  I grew up as a military brat and always wanted to join because of my father, but now I want to do something in the military with my love of science. Veterans and active duty members have a huge area in my heart, and I want to help them in any possible way I can to be mission ready and to live life despite the mental and physical pain during and after the military. I plan to go active duty in any branch after I graduate. If that is not in the cards, I would like to work in a VA hospital so that I may continue to serve the military community.  

What brought you to Gatton?

KC:  I came to Gatton because of the closeness and family aspect of the faculty and students. It is the same camaraderie that I miss in the military. It also didn’t hurt that the college is in an old barracks on a VA campus.

How do you believe your military career will help you in your pharmacy career?

KC:  It’s attention to detail that they instilled in me since basic training. The pilots put their life and trust in the technicians that repair and test the jets that they fly. It is the same with patients that trust the pharmacists with their life that the medications prescribed and filled will not harm them.


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