My name is Shelia Anthony and I am an Air Force Brat. Although I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, I call Grand Forks (AFB), North Dakota home, because that is where I spent most of my life.
I am the oldest of three siblings: 2 sisters and a brother. Growing up I played a lot of sports: softball, basketball, ran track and did shotput - but softball is where I excelled!
During my junior year in high school, I decided to go enlist in the Grand Forks National Guard as a 94B Food Service. I was enlisted under the deferment program and attended drills. After graduation, I attended basic training and AIT before returning home to the Guard. After being home for a few months, not really having a plan, and still living with my parents, I decided to go active.
I served in the Army for 22 years before I decided to retire, 31 March 2017. While I was serving, I deployed to Afghanistan twice. I was stationed at Fort Carson, Co. (6 years), Korea (18 months), Fort Knox, KY. (10 years), and finished the remainder of my service here at Fort Bliss, TX.
I am a single parent to a 17 year old, Dantee’ Anthony. He has autism, ADHD, and motor tics (a form of Tourette’s syndrome). I wanted to learn what I could about his disability so I could better understand him and be a better advocate for him as well as a great mother. He’s very outspoken and has no issue with speaking up for what he believes in.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and I am currently attending El Paso Community College to get my Associate's Degree in Applied Science Culinary Arts -focusing on Pastry. I decided to take what I learned in the military and push myself a little further and see which path it may lead me down.
I try help others when I can. My son and I, along with my nephew volunteer at animal services. We were more active there prior to my starting classes but with my class load being less we will be able to get over there some more thankfully. I am also a CASA volunteer. I have been doing this for about 2 years now. I still keep in contact with the family from my previous case although they are no longer in the system. I like for them to know I am still here if there they need me. We also get out there and do random thing such as feeding the homeless, helping other organizations, etc. Most of that is in part due to the great organization I am a part of KEY. KEY stands for Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Inc. I am in the El Paso Majestix which is a cluster a small part of what KEY is because they are located everywhere. I joined them because I was getting ready to retire and I was about to loose that Army community I was accustomed to. I didn’t want to sit around and just do nothing. Through them, I built a sisterhood, that has the same goals about focusing on doing better for the community. So here we are trying give back to the community.