Antonieta Rico served in the U.S. Army for more than six years as a military journalist/ public affairs soldier. She joined the Army in October 2001 and her first duty station was at Fort Drum, N.Y., where she enjoyed the warm weather and proximity to New York City, just like her recruiter promised her. Climb to Glory! She was also stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., where she deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007 with the 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. During her tour in Iraq, she spent almost a year embedding with infantry troops and other Army units during combat operations, helping to tell the stories of soldiers serving their country in war.
She left the Army in 2008 to pursue her degree and graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She has interned at National Geographic Magazine and has worked as the deputy news editor at Army Times and at Navy Times, where she also covered the Coast Guard beat.
Antonieta is a proud Army wife and mother to two wonderful kids. She currently volunteers as a Basic Adult Literacy tutor for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and also volunteers for American Women Veterans, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of servicewomen, veterans and their families.” She recently ran the Marine Corps Marathon and enjoys spending her free time with her family or hanging out at a coffee shop reading.