MSgt. Lisa Thrasher, MLT(ASCP)CM
Medical Laboratory Technician
Conducting tests that influence doctor’s treatment decisions
For Lisa, joining the military was a way to fund her education and pursue the career she wanted. As a Medical Laboratory Technician, she has the opportunity to serve her country and use her skills to help people around the world.
My Lab Hero Story
When I was deployed to Trinidad and Tobago as part of a humanitarian exercise, I realized that almost none of my equipment worked! The heat and the way that it was stored made everything malfunction. But there were so many people there that needed my help. Using only the bare minimum of equipment, I helped to triage and treat patients—it required a lot of out-of-the-box thinking! But I’ve never seen people so happy and grateful to receive basic healthcare. It was really a defining moment for me, one that not only showed how important my role as a laboratory technician really was, but what I was truly capable of accomplishing.