Lieutenant Colonel Sherry-Lynn Womack, U.S. Army (Retired)
Lieutenant Colonel Sherry Womack entered the Army at age 17 in 1981 as an enlisted medic at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, she was accepted into and graduated from the Army’s Warrant Officer course, and just two years later she accepted a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant Medical Officer in the Army.
Immediately following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Sherry deployed with the 101st Air Assault Division (Rakkassan Brigade) into Afghanistan. Deployed in the early stages of Operation Enduring Freedom January 2002, and mere hours after arrival, she was assigned the duty of triaging and treating Taliban prisoners at the Kandahar Air Base detention facility- some of the same individuals now occupying the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Later she was specially detailed as a Medical Liaison to U.S. Special Forces in theater and participated in highly experimental operations designed to provide medical care while gathering intelligence information from local Afghan citizens.
Sherry was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Medical Badge for her meritorious actions in Afghanistan. Her service in Operation Enduring Freedom is memorialized in a permanent exhibit at the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee, VA.
LTC Womack graduated from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College and in 2007 she deployed again for 15 months of combat duty in Iraq, for which she again received a Bronze Star Medal. After her return in 2008 she served as the first female 18th Airborne Corp Senior Physician Assistant and retired after serving as a Senior Physician Assistant with the US Army Forces Command and 33 years of active service.
An active member of the Lee County Republican Party, Sherry-Lynn is the mother of five children and now occupies herself as a member of the Lee County School Board, the North Carolina Social Services Commission, and as a missionary to the Jamaican Deaf Village for the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf, where she teaches the sewing trade to deaf villagers. She and her family worship regularly at the Sanford Church of God.