“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

“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

“Chief Jelinski-Hall’s story portrays the true “American Spirit” upon which this Great Nation has been forged. Born from humble beginnings, and through hard work, dedication, and the fervor to succeed, she exemplifies the belief that anything is possible. Her patriotism, warrior ethos, and faith epitomize what it takes to be a true leader at the highest levels.”

—Darryll Wong, Major General (Ret.), Hawai’i Adjutant General, United States Air Force

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

“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

“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)