With the support and experience to back her, Capt. Kathleen Stewart is grateful to have the opportunity to pursue her passion in a career as a veterinarian and a Soldier, as well as a competitor and team-player in volleyball.

Representing the Army in Wiesbaden, Germany, Stewart was selected for the All-Army Volleyball trial camp, held Feb. 14 through March 5 at Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center. If selected for the All-Army Volleyball team, Stewart will advance to compete against the other military services in the Armed Forces Volleyball Tournament held at Fort Bragg, March 6 through 8.

“I started playing volleyball when I was in middle school, so I have played for about 15 years now,” Stewart said. ”I played competitively in middle school and high school but then once I left high school, volleyball was more recreational. When I got to Germany, I found a recreational team to play with and it was a nice way to meet people. I am excited for this opportunity to revisit volleyball competitively and be a part of the Army volleyball team.”

As the officer in charge at the Wiesbaden Veterinary Treatment Facility at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, Stewart has gained several tools for proficiency and success through volleyball that transition well to her career endeavors.

“Volleyball has promoted my strengths professionally, both in a career and on the court. I have gained skill in communication, leadership and preparedness,” Stewart said.

Stewart completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis, with a focus on animal science. After volunteering at veterinary clinics, Stewart enjoyed the experience and was excited to pursue veterinary medicine as a career path. After attending Kansas State University for one year, Stewart was awarded a Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) scholarship from the veterinarian school. With the veterinarian path and a commitment to serve after graduation, Stewart became a Veterinarian in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, currently serving in Rheinland-Pfalz, Wiesbaden, Germany.