SACRAMENTO (June 27, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) today honored Shasta County resident, Christine Sullivan, as the 2012 Veteran of the Year for the 2nd Assembly District during a special lunch at the State Capitol. Sullivan is currently the Director of History at the Northern California Veterans Museum in Redding.
"I am honored to recognize Christine Sullivan for her dedicated service in the U.S. Army as well as for her involvement with the veterans in the years that have followed," said Nielsen. "As a soldier serving in a combat aviation battalion and in basic training, Christine has proven herself worthy of this distinction. Veterans have been and are continuing to be my priority and I am grateful for those like Christine who are advancing the causes of our heroes."
Sullivan served in the United States Army from 1976 to 1979. Upon enlisting she made history by becoming one of the first women to participate in basic training techniques that had been previously reserved for male enlistees. Assigned to the 9th Combat Aviation Battalion, she was given the billet of Battalion Commander's aide.
Following her service, Sullivan worked for NATO for more than a decade, where she was stationed all over Europe including Belgium, France and Italy. She currently works at a Northern California military history and veteran affairs museum and flies as a team leader/guardian with Honor Flight, an organization that flies WWII veterans to Washington D.C. to see the WWII Memorial. Sullivan is also in the process of writing two books, one is titled "A father, a son, a war," and the other one is a book about the trials and tribulations that life offers us all.
"I feel humbled to be recognized as the 2012 Veteran of the year for something that's naturally a part of my life," said Sullivan. "Veterans are everything to me. I don't know life without veterans - my dad is a veteran, and so are my brother and my husband."
Sullivan is married to a 100% disabled Vietnam Navy Veteran; they have raised five children together and have lived in Redding for 15 years. In 2003 she decided to go back to school, where she studied religious Studies, the Chinese Dynasties and Chinese Gold Mining in Northern California. Sullivan graduated with a Bachelor degree in History and is planning on getting a Masters in Military History.