TOLEDO — Army Major Amy Dimmer, a 1990 graduate of Holgate High School, was selected as the American Legion Auxiliary Ohio 2018 Salute to Servicewoman of the Year. She was nominated for the honor by the William F. Helmke American Legion Auxiliary Unit 340, Holgate.
Dimmer is the daughter of Bob and Gladys Baker of Holgate and attended one year at Bowling Green State University following graduation from Holgate High School.
Dimmer accepted her award during the late June convention with family members present, including her parents, daughter Cassidy Dimmer, Nancy Gerken, Kim and Luke Baker, Bev Junge, Sam and Nancy Baker, Paula Baker, Tim Baker and Michael Baker. Unit 340 members present were Miriam Junge and Sue Junge.
Kim Baker and Bev Junge are Unit 340 members and Luke Baker is a Post 340 member.
Following are exerpts from a release on Major Dimmer by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Ohio.
Major Dimmer is currently stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, as an instructor for the Army’s critical care emergency nurses.
Dimmer enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1992, completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., medic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and completed her LPN in Aurora, Colo., in 1994. She returned to Ohio spending the next 12 years assigned as a combat medic for the Engineer Battalion in Monclova. In addtion to the Army Reserves, she worked full time at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center ICU in Toledo, while earning her RN, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2003.
She completed her service in the Army Reserves but soon regoined the Army Nurse Corp in 2011 and, after officers training, was assigned to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as an ICU nurse. She was deployed to Afghanistan as officer in charge of a forward surgical team for 10 months. While there, she studied for and passed her graduate record exam and applied for a doctoral program as a clinical nurse specialist.
Upon returning from Afghanistan, she became an instructor for the Army’s LPN program at Walter Reed. She was then accepted for the master’s in nursing and doctoral of nursing practice in Florida. After graduating in 2016 Magna Cum Laude, she was assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Her current assignment is an instructor for the Army’s critical care emergency nurse course.
Dimmer is married with two children, a son currently on an ROTC Army scholarship at Texas Tech University and a daughter who is a high school freshman and a varsity letter winning swimmer.
Major Dimmer exemplifies the best in our military services.
“My military experience has brought me an extreme sense of honor and pride, both for my service and for those who have ever worn the uniform,” wrote Dimmer. “ I fully comprehend the importance of duty, honor, loyalty, integrity and selfless service. It is my honor and privilege to serve in the United States Army as a commissioned officer. As an Army nurse, I enhance the lives of America’s sons and daughters, both here and abroad. I remain always ready, always vigilant and always prepared to serve this great nation.”