The strength of our military is in the volunteers who wear our nation’s uniform. This book shows you why. From humble beginnings built on a work ethic and a passion for success, Denise takes you through the events and decisions that led her to serve as the first female Senior Enlisted Advisor to the National Guard Bureau. Her story will inspire military and corporate leaders alike—as well as anyone committed to servant-leadership.
“Chief Jelinski-Hall redefines standards and shatters glass ceilings as she awakens the Spirit of America and proves the impossible possible.”
—Suzanne Vares-Lum, Brigadier General Army National Guard
Raised in Central Minnesota, Denise Jelinski-Hall attended a one-room country school through fifth grade and never dreamed of opportunities beyond her rural community. A chance observation by a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard changed her life forever: “I see so much more potential in you, Denise. Why don’t you join the Air Force and get out of this town?”
Through hard work and perseverance, Denise rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As such, she remains the only enlisted woman to serve as Senior Enlisted Advisor to a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Her memoir is a timeless American story of success, determination, love of country, and faith. A must for read for all leaders.