B United: Ellie Pugel, U.S. Army

MEET ELLIE! She and her husband (a sailor in the Navy) have spent more than half of their relationship long distance, as they serve our country on deployments. Thank you for your service and for sharing your story with us!

Name: Ellie Pugel

Age: 23

Hometown: Bellevue, WA

Family: I’m married to a sailor in the Navy with two dogs!

Branch: Army

Job Title: Engineer Officer

Enlist Date: commissioned June 2019

What motivated you to join the military? I missed team sports and wanted a community that was similar to a team.

Are or were any of your family members in the military? Yes both of my Grandpas served

Why did you choose this branch? I chose army engineering for the applicability towards my BS in Environmental Science. They both involve developing project management skills.

What are some things you miss most about home when you are deployed? Cooking, my own food, being with my family, having a space that’s my own.

What are some of the biggest challenges of being a woman in the military? Respect has to be earned and it is not assumed that you are equipped for your job level.

How do you stay in shape? I lift weights and run.