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Women's History Month: Master Sgt. Misty Straus

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- Master Sgt. Melissa Straus, 109th Medical Group first sergeant, talks to an Airman on March 10, 2014. As the first sergeant she is responsible for the welfare, morale, career progression, professional development, discipline and recognition of the Airmen in the Medical Group. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt/Released)

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- Master Sgt. Misty Straus, 109th Medical Group first sergeant, talks to an Airman on March 10, 2014. As the first sergeant she is responsible for the welfare, morale, career progression, professional development, discipline and recognition of the Airmen in the Medical Group. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt/Released)

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- Master Sgt. Misty Straus joined the military in 1984 starting her career with the Army National Guard's 247th Medical Company. In 1996, she transferred to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing.

Straus said her decision to join the military had a lot to do with her father. "My dad was in the Navy Reserves my whole life," she said. "I am forever grateful for that influence."

Straus is currently the 109th Medical Group first sergeant. As a first sergeant, she is responsible for the welfare, morale, career progression, professional development, discipline and recognition of the Airmen in the Medical Group.

"I am the eyes and ears for my commander and ensure the enlisted force is mission-ready, physically, mentally and spiritually sound to execute our missions," she said. "It is the best job I have had in the military thus far."

Full time, Straus works for State Farm Insurance, whom she has been with for more than 20 years. Although her work schedule keeps her busy both in and out of the military, she said she always finds time for her four daughters. To her, being a mother is her greatest accomplishment.

"I am so proud to serve in the military and work at State Farm, all while raising girls of the future," she said. "I couldn't imagine life without having all three."

Straus said her success throughout the years is all due to the support of her family, friends and co-workers.

"They have all been unbelievable all these years," she said. "But I couldn't have done it without my mom and mother-in-law who cared for my daughters when they were young, so I could attend drills, schools or deploy, while my husband was working his civilian job and performing his military duty"

Straus said she is proud to be a woman in the military today. "We are an amazing species, adding complexity, knowledge, compassion and instinct everywhere we work. All I can say is 'Girls Rule'."