Jennifer C. Luscher

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Navy Reserve Component Spouse

Term of Service: 2 Years — Beginning January 2017

Jennifer C. Luscher was born in New Jersey and raised in Youngstown, New York, a small village at the mouth of the Niagara River. As a child, she enjoyed playing soccer and sailing on the river. She attended the Nichols School in Buffalo and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University.

Mrs. Luscher and her husband Tom have been married for 24 years. They have two children – Alex, a senior at Tulane University and Katie, a sophomore at the Culinary Institute of America.

Mrs. Luscher is a registered Occupational Therapist in Maryland and worked full time until recently. Her passion is helping children with various disabilities to lead a happy and more normal life. Her other interests include gardening, making puzzles and boating. She also considers herself a “foodie” after being immersed in the gastronomic culture of New Orleans.

Mrs. Luscher is committed to serving in any way that she can as a flag spouse. She considers it an honor to be part of the group and she looks forward to any opportunities to help Navy families.

Laura C. Conley

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Army National Guard Spouse

Term of Service: 2 Years — Beginning June 2016

Ms. Conley is married to CSM Brunk W. Conley, retired, formerly the 10th Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard, while serving in the Oregon National Guard. CSM, retired and Mrs. Conley are from Sublimity, Oregon. They have five grown sons, Brunk, Nicholas, Jacob, Zachary, and Lucas and a granddaughter, Riley.

Ms. Conley is a certified elementary school teacher. She taught full time for 22 years and is currently substitute teaching in Oregon.

Ms. Conley has been a military spouse for over 34 years. She has been with her husband since his enlistment in 1982. She supported him while he was in a Special Operations Unit with many deployments. She has also supported him for over 18 years as a Citizen Soldier.

Ms. Conley is also a military parent, having one son currently in the Oregon National Guard. She and her family have experienced four deployments; CSM, retired, Conley to Iraq in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2006 and her sons, Captain Conley, to Iraq in 2009 and Specialist Conley, to Kuwait in 2014.

During the OIF and OEF deployments Ms. Conley became involved with the Oregon National Guard Family Programs. She became more involved when CSM, retired, Conley became the State CSM of Oregon in 2008. Being a teacher, she was very interested in how she could help children. She was a Host Committee member of United Though Reading while living in Washington, DC. This organization’s mission is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. She was also instrumental in reestablishing a Senior ARNG NCO Spouses Group for the 50 states, 3 territories, and District of Columbia.

Ms. Marie C. Balocki

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Director, Marine and Family Programs Division

Marie C. Balocki is serving as the Director, Marine and Family Programs Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. In support of its mission, the Division develops service-level policy and sponsors resource requirements that impact deployment readiness, behavioral health, physical fitness, professional and personal development, quality of life, single and family services, and wounded warriors.

Ms. Balocki is a career civilian employee and military spouse. She has served in positions overseas and throughout the United States at base, command, and Department of Defense levels. Prior to holding the Director position, she served as the Deputy Director, Marine and Family Programs Division. Previous to being selected for that position, Ms. Balocki served as the Executive Director for the Department of Defense Office for Reintegration Programs, also performing Duties as the Principal Deputy Director of the Family and Employer Programs and Policy Directorate. Ms. Balocki led the Department’s efforts to connect 1.1 million National Guard and Reserve service and family members with deployment, employment, and transition support. Ms. Balocki’s prior position was serving as the Family Programs Director for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, a U.S. Army Reserve unit of 7,000 members across 32 states and overseas.

Prior to this Ms. Balocki served at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where she was the Installation’s Volunteer Coordinator, and subsequently the Youth Education Support Services Director and School Liaison Officer. Earlier positions include: Marketing Specialist for an Army Area Support Group at Chievres, Belgium and service with the Armed Forces YMCA in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Balocki began her career as a volunteer at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, working as a Family Programs volunteer coordinator for the installation. She held volunteer management positions at Fort Rucker Alabama, Fort Hood, Texas, and for NATO at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Belgium.

Personal awards include the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service. Ms. Balocki graduated from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Ms. Balocki has served as President of several non-profit organizations and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator.

Brigadier General Jessica Meyeraan, NGB

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Brig. Gen. Jessica Meyeraan is the Vice Director, Manpower and Personnel for the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff. As the Vice Director, J1, she serves as the deputy to the Director and fully shares in assigned duties and responsibilities for providing overall manpower and personnel policy, planning, integration, analysis, and oversight for the Chief of the National Guard Bureau in order to enhance National Guard Bureau and Joint Force Headquarters initiatives, personnel readiness, operational capabilities, and sustainment. This includes advocating for National Guard service members, families and veterans.

General Meyeraan graduated from the University of lowa’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, or AFROTC, as a distinguished graduate in 1988. She is a career intelligence officer whose assignments span both the regular Air Force and the reserve components and includes time at the squadron, group, major command and combatant command levels. Career broadening opportunities included a three-year tour as an AFROTC instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a two-year tour as a special project co- leader for the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Innovation and Strategy Center initiative.

Prior to her current position, she was the Chief of Staff of the National Guard Joint Staff, Arlington, Va.

Education

1988 Bachelor of Science degree in political science, University of lowa, lowa City
1995 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Ala.
1996 Master of Science degree in management science, Troy State University, Troy, Ala.
2002 Air Command and Staff College Seminar, Offutt AFB, Neb.
2003 Joint and Combined Warfighter School-Intermediate, Joint Forces Staff College, Va.
2008 Master of Strategic Studies degree, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2015 National Security Studies Course, Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

Assignments

  1. February 1989 – September 1989, Student, 3490th Technical Training Group, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  2. September 1989 – September 1991, Aircrew Training Section Chief, 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  3. September 1991 – September 1992, Aircrew Support Section Chief, 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  4. October 1992 – June 1993 Afghanistan/Pakistan Senior Analyst, United States Central Command, Joint Intelligence Directorate, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  5. June 1993 – January 1994, Command Briefer, United States Central Command, Joint Intelligence Directorate, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  6. January 1994 – February 1996, Iraq Intelligence Analyst, United States Central Command, Joirit Intelligence Directorate, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  7. February 1996 – July 1998, Target Materials Flight Commander, 20th Intelligence Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  8. July 1998 – July 2001, Instructor, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 470, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Neb.
  9. July 2001 – July 2003, Command Operations Security Officer, Operations Directorate, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  10. July 2003 – February 2004, Resource Programming Section Chief, Intelligence Directorate, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  11. March 2004 – July 2007, Senior Intelligence Officer, 170th Operations Support Squadron, 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb. (February 2005 — July 2007, Deputy Chief, Partnership Group, MPA orders, Global Innovation and Strategy Center, United States Strategic Command, Offut AFB, Neb.)
  12. July 2007 – May 2008, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  13. June 2008 – December 2008, Special Assistant to the National Guard Bureau, ISR Directorate, Arlington, Va.
  14. December 2008 – March 2010, Plans, Policies and Programs Division Chief, National Guard Bureau, Joint Intelligence Directorate, Arlington, Va.
  15. March 2010 – September 2011, Deputy Director, Joint Intelligence, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
  16. September 2011 – August 2012, Air National Guard Advisor to the Commander, Air Force ISR Agency, Lackland AFB, Texas
  17. September 2012 – May 2014, Director of ISR, Air National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
  18. May 2014 — April 2016, Commander, |.G. Brown Training and Education Center, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.
  19. May 2016 — March 2017, Chief of Staff of the National Guard Joint Staff, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
  20. April 2017 — present, Vice Director, Manpower and Personnel, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.

Major Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal

Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant Sept. 28, 1988
First Lieutenant Sept. 28, 1990
Captain Sept. 28, 1992
Major Feb. 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 2005
Colonel June 19, 2009
Brigadier General April 3, 2017
(Current as of April 2017)

Rear Admiral Philip E. Sobeck, USN

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CAPT Sobeck enlisted in 1985 as a Machinist Mate (Nuclear). After his appointment to, and graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign from the United States Naval Academy class of 1991. His first duty station was onboard USS HAWES (FFG 53), where he deployed to the SIXTH Fleet Area of Operations. CAPT Sobeck became the Military Assistant to the 76″ Secretary of the Navy in August 2017.

At sea, CAPT Sobeck served aboard USS HAWES (FFG 53), USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66), USS McFAUL (DDG 74), COMDESRON FIFTY (CDS 50), and FIRST COMBINED US-UK DESTROYER SQUADRON (1 CDS) embarked on HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75). CAPT Sobeck has commanded USS AVENGER (MCM 1), USS ARDENT (MCM 12), USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99), and COMDESRON FIFTY (CDS 50), CTF 55.

Ashore, CAPT Sobeck has served as PERS 410B, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Executive Assistant (EA) to the Commandant of Midshipman, Deputy Director for Maritime Security (PM/ISO) U.S. State Department, EA to CNO’s Executive Learning Officer, Deputy Director Flag Officer Management and Detailing (PERS NOOF), Senior Military Assistant to USD P&R, Deputy EA to U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and OPNAV N3/N5’s Director, Future Fleet Design and Architecture (N501). As a Washington DC Naval Fellow, CAPT Sobeck earned his Master of Arts in Organizational Management from George Washington University. He was also selected as a fellow for MIT’s Seminar XXI Strategic Studies Program in 2007.

His awards are based on being surrounded by incredible shipmates and they include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

Ms. Stephanie Barna

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Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)

Stephanie Barna serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. In this role, she is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on all matters relating to civilian and military personnel policies, reserve integration, military community and family policy, and Total Force manpower and resources. Additionally, she exercises day-to-day supervision of the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Defense Commissary Agency.

From April 2016 to January 2017, Ms. Barna performed the duties of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this capacity, she served as principal assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, in executing his responsibilities for Total Force management; National Guard and Reserve Component affairs; health affairs; readiness and training; military and civilian personnel requirements; language; dependents’ education; equal opportunity; morale, welfare, and recreation; and quality-of-life matters.

From June 2014 through April 2016, Ms. Barna served first as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management, and subsequently performed the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

Ms. Barna served previously as the Deputy General Counsel for Operations and Personnel in the Office of the Army General Counsel. A career member of the Senior Executive Service, she advised three Army Secretaries while managing a diverse legal portfolio and leading a staff of senior attorneys working in myriad areas of the law and policy, including military operations and personnel; civilian personnel and labor law; international law; criminal law; litigation; intelligence oversight, counter-intelligence, and special operations; public affairs; legislative relations; and the organization and institutional functions of the Department of the Army. Of note, she served as the liaison to the District of Columbia National Guard, for which the Secretary of the Army acts as Commander.

Ms. Barna began her public service career in 1989, as a lieutenant in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Over the years, she served in leadership positions in commands across the Army, including the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 7th Infantry Division (Light), at Fort Ord, California. She retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2011 in the grade of Colonel, having last served with U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and as an adjunct professor with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Ms. Barna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College, a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Master of Laws degree from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School. She is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

She is a 2012 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award winner, twice received the Secretary of the Army’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service by the Secretary of Defense. Her military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and she is qualified as an Army Jumpmaster.

Brigadier General Kathleen A. Cook

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Military Service Representative: Director of Air Force Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Term of Service: 2 Years — Beginning June 2016

Brigadier General Kathleen A. Cook is Director of Air Force Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Her organization’s mission is to increase combat capability and improve productivity through programs promoting readiness, esprit de corps and quality of life for airmen and their families. Her team provides policy and oversight for the $2.7 billion worldwide services program which includes airman fitness, physical fitness centers, peacetime and wartime troop feeding, Air Force mortuary affairs, Armed Forces entertainment, Air Force protocol, lodging, libraries, child development centers, youth centers and a wide spectrum of recreation activities. Her team also provides oversight for uniforms, awards and recognition, airman and family readiness, and other high commander-interest programs that contribute to military force sustainment.

General Cook enlisted in the Air Force in 1982, graduating with honors from basic military training. She served as a trumpet player in the 564th Tactical Air Command Band, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. In July 1987, she was commissioned through the Officer Training School and was then assigned as the Deputy Chief of Public Affairs at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Since that assignment, General Cook has served in multiple public affairs, staff and command positions to include three Pentagon assignments and four command assignments, including command of the 90th Mission Support Group, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright

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Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright represents the highest enlisted level of leadership, and as such, provides direction for the enlisted force and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public, and to those in all levels of government. He serves as the personal adviser to the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization and progress of the enlisted force. Chief Wright is the 18th chief master sergeant appointed to the highest noncommissioned officer position.

Chief Wright enlisted in the Air Force in March of 1989 and his background includes various duties in the dental career field. He served as a Professional Military Education instructor and has held various senior enlisted positions while serving at squadron, group, wing, Task-Force and Numbered Air Force levels. He has deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Enduring Freedom and completed overseas tours in South Korea, Japan, Germany and Alaska.

Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Ms. Andrea Smith Green

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Spouse of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Term of Service: 2 Years — Beginning June 2016

Ms. Andrea Smith Green, wife of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green, works full-time as an emergency room registered nurse and volunteers with the Parent-Teacher Student Association where her children attend school. She participates in the Marine Corps Key Volunteer Network, Leadership Education Seminars, Marine Corps Forces Europe/Africa and I Marine Expeditionary Force Family Readiness Program Command Teams, L.I.N.K.S., American Red Cross, and Spouse Transition and Readiness Seminar.

In addition to serving on the Military Family Readiness Council, she is currently an active member of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Family Readiness Committee, and Military Spouse of the Year Award.

Mrs. Green holds a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.S. in Allied Health Studies from Southern University and A&M College. She has earned a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma Certification. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Emergency Nurses Association.