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Veteran Spotlight: Lenore Jackson

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Butter Angels Handcrafted Skin Care| Veteran Spotlight: Lenore Jackson | Cancer Survivor
I met Lenore a fews ago via a shared military women's organization. She was, and remains, lively and vibrant. She had this insanely optimistic view on life and it was infectious. Lenore is a breast cancer survivor. In her illness she was more positive and uplifting to others than ever. She is an amazing and inspirational spirit, and I am lucky to know her. 
Tell us a little bit about your military career.
I served in the United States Air Force for 22 years. I never wanted to do anything but join the Air Force. I spent most of my time overseas and I chose to take the more challenging positions. I enjoyed every moment of my time and I know this was the best decision I ever made in my life.
Please share an obstacle you faced in your career and the lesson you learned?
When I was stationed in Belgium I was the NCOIC of an International Mail room. I had several men from different countries on NATO whom I supervised. Many of them never were supervised by a woman much less a black woman. I took it upon myself to learn small words and phrases in their language to bridge the gap.
What are your current endeavors?
I want to begin working in a civic position. I want to be the change I want to see. With the state of our world the way it is I want to be more involved and hands on.
What is the best advice you have received from a mentor, leader, colleague or subordinate?
The best advice I received was to do what you know is right. Then you won't have to waste time thinking about if it was right.
Do you have any employment advice for those who are transitioning out of the military?
I would start early trying to figure out what it is you really want to do. Then I would ensure I was headed in that direction. Get all the assistance the military has to offer.
Where can our audience find you?
Facebook: @lemichele2011
Hashtag: #kickrockscancer

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