Firmin retired from the Unites States Air Force as a Colonel and its most senior ranking Latina officer. She held key leadership and command positions and has extensive recruiting, retention and diversity management expertise at the highest levels of the Air Force and the Department of Defense. As a commander in a combat zone, she led efforts to build up Balad Air Base in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star medal. She led the UTSA Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program to national distinction as the Best Large Detachment in the Nation.
Firmin has been featured in local print, radio, television and national magazines and received many honors and accolades such as the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Latina Leader award, the Governor of Texas Yellow Rose award, the National Diversity Council’s Trailblazer and Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas awards, as well as the Northside Foundation’s Pillar of Character award. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Diversity Council, a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, a member of the Undergraduate Scholars Program Administrators Association and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.