Ericka Fowlkes enlisted in the Maryland National Guard on Oct. 19, 1989. During her 12 years of enlisted service she completed two overseas missions in Germany and in Panama.
In 2001, Fowlkes earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Coppin State University and received a direct commission into the Army Nurse Corps.
Starting in 2004, she was mobilized for two years to Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia as an emergency room nurse. A year later, she was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she served as the Assistant Officer in Charge of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.
She then went on to earn a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2015.
Maj. Fowlkes then served as the Victim’s Advocate in support of the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program (SHARP) for the 2290th United States Army Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia.
She is now with the Army Reserve’s 7457th Medical Backfill Battalion, which, in response to the COVID-19 virus, formed an Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force to assist with patient care in areas heavily affected areas.
When Ericka’s not wearing her Army uniform, she is working at the VA Maryland Health Care System as a Performance Improvement & Accreditation Specialist.
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