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Maker: Shark of the Week

Suzanne Maker, 45th Medical Operations Squadron licensed practical nurse, was nominated for Shark of the Week. Maj. Jennifer Pippin, 45th Medical Group physician, nominated Maker because she arranged for a World War II veteran, and his family members, to attend the Honor Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Heidi Hunt)

Suzanne Maker, 45th Medical Operations Squadron licensed practical nurse, was nominated for Shark of the Week. Maj. Jennifer Pippin, 45th Medical Group physician, nominated Maker because she arranged for a World War II veteran, and his family members, to attend the Honor Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Heidi Hunt)

Retired Maj. Gen. Eugene Sterling, U.S. Air Force, and Maj. Jennifer Pippen, 45th Medical Group physician, pose for a photo at the Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2014, during their visit. Sterling declined the invitation to see his memorial but because of Suzanne Maker, 45th Medical Operations Squadron licensed practical nurse, he decided to attend and arranged for him, and his family members, to attend.  (Photo Courtesy)

Retired Maj. Gen. Eugene Sterling, U.S. Air Force, and Maj. Jennifer Pippen, 45th Medical Group physician, pose for a photo at the Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2014, during their visit. Sterling declined the invitation to see his memorial but because of Suzanne Maker, 45th Medical Operations Squadron licensed practical nurse, he decided to attend and arranged for him, and his family members, to attend. (Photo Courtesy)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Suzanne Maker, 45th Medical Operations Squadron licensed practical nurse, was nominated for Shark of the Week.

Maj. Jennifer Pippin, 45th Medical Group physician, nominated Maker because she arranged for a World War II veteran, and his family members, to attend the Honor Flight in June.

"The veteran had previously declined all invitations until Mrs. Maker called him, personally, to encourage him to take part in the Honor Flight," Pippin said. "She did this because she is devoted to honoring our veterans.

"Because of her, retired Maj. Gen. Eugene Sterling, veteran was able to attend the Honor Flight, reunite with his son in Washington, D.C., and view his wife's grave site from the Air Force Memorial."

Pippin said Maker genuinely cares about our patients and our veterans and she truly goes above and beyond and does so because she loves it.

Name: Suzanne Maker, LPN
Time in service: 6 years
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Motto: Be a positive influence to all
Hobbies/Interests: Reading and baking
Why do you serve: Commitment to caring for those who serve and who served our country.
How do you support the mission: I provide nursing services at the 45th MDG Family Health to ensure quality patient care and ensure mission success with a healthy Air Force.

The Honor Flight Network's goal is to help every single veteran in America, willing and able of getting on a plane or bus, visit their memorial. Additionally, their mission is to transport America's veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. For more information or to volunteer, visit spacecoasthonorflight.org or call 1-888-750-2522.

Since 2010, the 45th Space Wing has participated and supported 22 Honor Flight trips.