By Tech. Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
For more than 19 years, she devoted her life to her country. Now, she is at a passage of uncertainty. Army Sgt. 1st Class Zenovia Weaver is navigating through the ambiguity of returning back to civilian life.
“Closing that chapter of my military career, it is bittersweet,” the Soldier said. “It is bitter because I didn’t get to make it to 20 years. Being a female Soldier, I have to prove myself. I struggled so hard to get to where I am.”
And yet…“I accomplished many things many people would never get to accomplish,” she said proudly.
Weaver is currently interning at the 50th Logistics Readiness Flight at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, as part of Operation Warfighter, an unpaid federal internship program for recovering service members who are wounded, ill or injured and are assigned to a service’s Wounded Warrior Program. Weaver learned about Operation Warfighter through the Soldier and Family Assistance Centers, while she was going through the medical board process.
The purpose of the program is for service members to network and gain work experience in a career field they wish to pursue after the military.
As a supply sergeant at Fort Carson, Colorado, Weaver is responsible for logistics, ordering supply, processing the budget and more. With her experience, she chose to do her internship at the 50 LRF.
“All you know is the Army; all you know is what you’ve done for the last 19 years. With Operation Warfighter, you learn how to work with other people,” the Marianna, Florida, native said.
Although Schriever is different, she said the procedures and guidelines are still the same. She has worked at the warehouse area of the flight, and now she is working in the mobility section.
“Being at 50 LRF, I learned a lot. I enjoy being here because of all the things my supervisors and coworkers have taught me. Working with Air Force personnel is awesome. It’s one team, one fight. They treat me the way they would treat anybody. They treat me as a team [member],” Weaver said.
Terrence Galloway, 50 LRF, works with Weaver and said she is a true professional.
“She is a very hard worker, takes pride in her job and completes tasks in a timely manner. It is a joy working with Sergeant Weaver,” she said.
As Weaver transitions to civilian life, the mother of nine can’t help but ponder her military service.
“I have many friends. I’ve lost many friends. I’ve experienced many things — good and bad,” she said. “I loved it while I am in it. I will love it when I am out of it.”
Weaver continued, “One of my biggest accomplishments in life is I can hold my head high and say I served my country — that means a lot to me.”
And this love for service is why she wants to continue to serve others someday even when she is no longer in the Army.
“Once I close that chapter of my military life, I plan to become an elementary school teacher. I love children. I want to make a positive impact. I want to work in a challenging district; a district where it’s the most challenging. I will take it personal; it wouldn’t be just a job because I wouldn’t be in it for the money,” she concluded.