Roberta (Bobi) Pike-Oates of Las Vegas has been selected as Veteran of the Month for December by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. She served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and is a long-time member of the Women Veterans of Nevada. As part of her duties as a meeting organizer she provides breakfast and lunch at the gatherings, and each year supplies an elaborate holiday meal for the group’s Christmas function. She represents the organization at state-wide events and actively promotes programs for the overall wellness of women veterans.
The Veteran of the Month ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on December 2 in the lobby of the Grant Sawyer building, 555 E. Washington Blvd. The award will be presented by Governor Brian Sandoval, who on Veterans Day in 2011 established what has become a valued monthly observance. Friends, family, associates, veterans and supporters of veterans are encouraged to attend.
Candidates are chosen for their assistance to former veterans, as well as for support to active duty personnel and the community at large. After leaving military service, volunteer work performed for their peers and for those who may be less fortunate speaks to the honoree’s character, their dedication, determination and willingness to unselfishly help others.
Pike-Oates’s curriculum vitae includes a BS in Business Management, an AA in Aircraft Maintenance, an AS in Law Enforcement and certificates in paralegal studies and banking. She also is a graduate of the Nevada Veterans Advocate Course developed by the State’s Veterans Services Department.
Pike-Oates has been a volunteer with the Nellis Air Force Base Women’s History Committee and is an active member of the Thunderbird Chapter of the Air Force Association. In addition she is a member of American Legion Post 76, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047 and is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans. A complete roster of her affiliations is too voluminous to list. She retired from the Air Force with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, having held various assignments Stateside and in several nations. Her duties included deployment to Turkey in support of Operation Provide Comfort that was charged with furnishing humanitarian assistance to refugees in Northern Iraq.