(KTEN) — Retired Navy Lt. Elizabeth DeVault began her military career in 1992. Her ties to the Chickasaw Nation, her family's military history and sense for adventure contributed to more than two decades of service.

"I was young and I was ready to go. So, I kind of felt the call, and I went and talked to all the services," DeVault said.

That was when DeVault's path led her to the Navy at age 18. She developed a background in anti-terrorism and ordinance weapons, while also learning how to pilot a naval destroyer.

"I was in the Navy when women were not allowed in combatant roles, and in the late 90s, that changed. Then I joined a combatant role," she said. "There's no other job in the world that provides you all of that training, probably seeing half the world or more."

After retiring in 2017, DeVault earned her doctorate and now works with the Navy's Military Sealift Command. She says the celebration of Veterans Day provides a new perspective compared to when she was serving.

"When you get back and you see the celebrations; you see the people thanking you for your service; you hear the gratitude in their voices. You're like, 'You know what? It was worth it.'"

Veterans Day celebrations will commence across Texoma on Friday, thanking veterans like Elizabeth DeVault for their years of service to the United States.