Graciela Loera | Department of Sociology

Graciela Loera

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Military Sociology

My name in Graciela Loera and Texas is my home state. I have a Southern European and North American lineage: my ancestry links to Spain (Hispanic), Portugal, and Mexico, and the United States. Recently, I discovered that I might also have ancestry in Canada, but I have yet to confirm. As per my language skill, I fluently speak Spanish and English, but my fonceal (code) language is basic. I am a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in strategic framework for stabilization and reconstruction dealing with the aftermath of war to include: the rule of law, creating a safe and secure environment, social well-being, stable governance, and a sustainable economy. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and was awarded a Masters in Sociology of work. My applied research project focused on "Employee Performance Appraisal and Recognition Practices in a Work Force" I concluded that employees' motivation to maintain their performance output was highly related to their management appreciation. In 2012, I retired from the United States Regular Army (active duty) where I served for two years as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Officer at Hawaii. Then, I transitioned into the Logistics Officer field per my 20-year active duty contract. Prior to my officer commission, I served for three years in the simultaneous military program as an officer candidate, and two years as a reserve noncommissioned officer. I have one overseas assignment and two deployments under my belt where I collaborated with both military personnel and civilians. Deployment 2 (2009-2010): As the Support Operations Officer for my unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), I located in my headquarters at Qatar, Airforce Base. While deployed, I developed my international political negotiation skill, my ethnography skill, and my social political skill which enabled my success in every mission assigned. By working with people of different cultures, classes, religious and political backgrounds, I further developed my social stratification, hierarchies, and diversity wisdom. In time, I earned the title of the theater Base Operational Support-Integrator (BOS-I) and worked across all the US forces Central command regions covering five countries: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United States.

Deployment 1 (2006-2007): I deployment to Iraq for 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as the division sustainment Chief, I personally had to deal with personnel wellbeing issues, specifically those experiencing combat stress, both civilians and troops. I encountered countless obstacles dealing with others political views and successfully lead nine units in support of over 40,000 troops and civilians combined. I am currently enrolled in the University of North Texas (UNT) Sociology Department Doctoral program and my concentration is medical sociology. My interest in medical sociology stems from the structured social hierarchies and cultural norms within and outside an organization that create boundaries which result in psychological and physical health stressors. I am committed to further expand my technical and social depth and breadth about the inequities social hierarchies produce in a society's environment which affect human health.

Future Application

My goal to use my sociology degree to execute graduate-level cultural training programs in military institutions such as the US Army CGSC, the War School, or Logistics School. Ultimately, my vision is a crossover training program that will benefit the U.S. Forces command and expand the sociology field with more military opportunities.

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