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.

“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

Denise inspires us to rely on the core values we were raised with to push us to strive for success. She has broken through an untold number of barriers and serves as an example to all who desire to succeed in whatever they set out to accomplish. She’s an inspirational role model for civilians and military alike.”

Pam Swan, Director of Military Relations and Business Development, Veterans United Home Loans

“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)