Missouri National Guard member Trista Corbin is the 2012-13 president of the Mizzou Student Veterans Association.
Born and raised in Mound City, Mo., Corbin enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard in June 2004 at age 17; she has recently finished an eight-year contract. After graduating from high school in 2005, Corbin completed basic training from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and went on to advanced individual training (AIT) at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. She graduated from AIT as a combat medic in December 2005 and was assigned to the 205th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC) in Kansas City, Mo. In March 2006 she began working as an Emergency Medical Technician for Atchison-Holt Ambulance District.
In September 2006 Trista was deployed with the 206th Area Support Medical Company from Springfield, Mo., to Balad, Iraq, where she served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom V for one year.
Upon returning to the United States, Corbin resumed working for Atchison-Holt Ambulance District as an EMT and enrolled at Northwest Missouri State University. After two years, she decided to follow her childhood dream of attending the University of Missouri. She transferred to Mizzou in fall 2011 and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in biological sciences with a minor in psychology. She plans to apply to medical school and hopes to study pediatrics or trauma medicine.
Corbin is a member of the American Legion, and she attends The Crossing church in Columbia. Her foundation of faith and her family have been her source of strength and determination. Corbin enjoys hunting and fishing in her free time, especially with her dad and brother. When she needs to take a break from studying, she likes to knit, read and spend time with friends. She has a Jack Russell terrier, Rooster, who always gives her a reason to laugh. She is passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community, particularly when it involves children or animals.