Effie served in the US Army active duty with the 312th Military Intelligence Battalion, 1st Calvary Division from 1995 to 2000. She achieved the rank of SGT (E-5).
Effie served as an Arabic Linguist, Signals Intelligence Voice Interceptor, Electronic Warfare Squad Leader, Force Protection and Operational Control Element NCOIC, Small Arms Specialist and Combat Lifesaver. During her deployment to Bosnia with the 1st Calvary Division, Effie conducted counter intelligence operations. Effie has been a life member of Post 3345 since February 2018 and is currently the Chief of Staff, Voice of Democracy Chairman and the District 7 Female Veteran Chairman.