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Elk & Elk Military Salute: Andrea Sutphin

Elk & Elk is proud to join the Columbus Blue Jackets in honoring the men and women who serve our country.

As the presenting partner of Military Salutes, we‘re excited to celebrate active-duty military members and veterans throughout the NHL season.

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From left to right: Staff Sergeant Sutphin in an aircraft, at Airman Leadership School and with the ‘Unmanned Flight.’

This month’s Military Salute recognizes Andrea Sutphin

  • Name: Andrea Sutphin
  • Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
  • Military Branch: Air Force
  • Military Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Years Served: 6
  • Enlistment Date: April 5, 2005
  • Military Bio
    • Staff Sergeant Sutphin served as an in-flight refueler on the KC-10 aircraft.
    • During her six years of service, she was deployed five times.
      • On one deployment, she was a member of an all-female flight crew, which the group nicknamed “The Unmanned Flight.”
    • Staff Sergeant Sutphin graduated in the top one percent of her class at Airman Leadership School.
      • She was awarded the John Levitow Award, the highest honor presented to a graduate of Air Force enlisted professional military education. This occurred while she was pregnant with her first son!
  • Personal
    • She is married to a fellow airman named Ryan. Together, they have three sons.
    • After leaving the Air Force, Staff Sergeant Sutphin went back to school for nursing.
    • She currently works as an inpatient oncology nurse and clinical educator at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

To Staff Sergeant Sutphin, active-duty military members and veterans everywhere—thank you for service.