As the 3rd Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau―a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff―Denise Jelinski-Hall achieved the highest position ever held by an enlisted woman in U.S. Military history.

Denise's Blog

My blog is a forum for conversations about the issues affecting our veterans, our military members, and their families—especially the spouses who so faithfully support our Armed Forces. I will also focus my thoughts on the trials and triumphs of women leaders in the workplace. I travel extensively, but will always do my best to keep up with your thoughts, advice, and guidance.

“Wow! What a story! What a life! Denise tells her story with refreshing simplicity and exquisite introspection. She is a remarkable woman who quietly but forcefully has laid the groundwork for women who will follow her, not only in the military but in the civilian world as well. I can’t wait to see what she does next!”

Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer, United Through Reading

“Retired Chief Master Sergeant Denise M. Jelinski-Hall is a living example of how perseverance can overcome life challenges by serving pure of heart, having passion, and most of all, maintaining one’s faith. She has created a legacy of leadership by ‘making a difference in the lives of everyone she has touched.’”

Kelly J. Wilkinson, Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.), Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager, 133rd Airlift Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard

“A journey like no other—with challenges around every turn of her history-making adventure to the Pentagon. I am proud to have worked side-by-side with her while leading the men and women of the National Guard of the United States!”

Richard J. Burch, Command Sergeant Major (Ret.), 9th Command Sergeant Major, Army National Guard

“Throughout her life journey, Denise has demonstrated magnificently how to balance between her military and civilian careers, while being a mother to her children, a wife to her military husband, and a role model for leadership in the corporate world.”

Kenneth Preston, 13th Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired), and Vice President, NCO and Soldier Programs Association of the United States Army (AUSA)