SrA Jamie Biviano

Active Duty, Security Forces

  • Hometown: East Syracuse, New York
  • Current Location: Hancock Field, New York
  • Injury or Illness: Transverse Myelitis
  • Location Injury Occurred: Bagram, Afghanistan

A little about Me

Senior Airman Biviano joined the New York Air National Guard in June 2008 as a Security Forces Defender. In 2012 she deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. It was during that deployment that she started to exhibit symptoms that would later be diag-nosed as transverse myelitis, an inflammation of one section of the spinal cord. After being unable to serve as security forces, she said she struggled to understand her purpose. The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program introduced her to adaptive sports and athletes that actively assist her understanding that there are more ways to contribute to humanity. While she initially thought her diagnosis would limit her athletic ability she found that adaptive sports and her fiancé’s motivation have helped her, in her words, “to overcome obstacles and barriers I had no idea I was capable of overcoming.”

Awards and Decorations

  •  AF Outstanding Unit Award with 1 OLC
  •  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  •  National Defense Service Medal
  •  Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
  •  Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  •  Armed Forces Reserve Medal