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NEWS | Jan. 12, 2023

Teaching medical care — with a tune

By Sgt. John Todd 314th Theater Public Affairs Support Element

When it comes to providing care, U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Lindsey Nicole Steward is as capable as the next medic. When it comes to singing, she is something more.

Steward, a native of Cartersville, Georgia, is a medic assigned to the 490th Chemical Battalion in Anniston, Alabama. Currently, she resides in Summerville, Georgia, where she is a rural mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service.

Steward said she has always had an interest in the medical field, but her first interest was music.

Steward said her mother always joked around that she started singing before talking. Her singing path started with her elementary school’s fourth grade chorus program, which lasted all the way to college, where she sang opera.

“I’ve always toyed with the idea of going medical, but my first passion was music,” said Steward. “I ended up going in that direction, even into college.”

Steward, who sings and plays piano, said she experienced the opportunity of a lifetime when her choral group performed at Carnegie Hall, where the best of the best performs.

“I’ve been to Carnegie Hall twice,” said Steward. “I performed there once when I was in the seventh grade, and again when I went to college.”

Graduated in 2008 from the University of West Georgia with her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance, Steward said she blossomed in the career field.

However, employment opportunities were scarce.

One day, her little brother went to the U.S. Army recruiter’s office, and she tagged along. This introduction led to her eventual enlistment into the U.S. Army Reserve, where she qualified to become a medic.

Ten years later, Steward plans to continue this path into retirement.

“I never saw myself working at the post office,” said Steward. “That was never an aspiration of mine and even being in the Army - I never thought I'd be in the Army.”

Steward said that although this is her path, she has no regrets.

“I'm extremely happy where I'm at now,” said Steward. “I have a good job, three beautiful, amazing kids, and my Army career that's going great.”

Steward offered some words of wisdom for anyone when it comes to their dreams.

“Whatever dreams and aspirations you have, go after them, no matter what, and don't let anybody talk you down,” said Steward. “You may hit some bumps in the road, and have some hurdles, but it’s worth it.”

“Whether it's your military career, civilian career — whatever it is, go after it, no matter what,” said Steward.