Welcome to the one stop resource center for the 64th Annual NGAM Conference and Business Session. Here you will find registration, golf, sponsorship, partners, agenda's, conference files and our incredible guest speaker. You will find all you need to spend a great weekend with the Board of Directors as we review the last year (or two, thanks COVID) and set the stage for an engaged and busy 2021.
MEET OUR GUEST SPEAKER
Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Denise M. Jelinski-Hall, a native of Minnesota, began her distinguished career in 1984, serving in Texas, Mississippi, Nebraska, and California before moving to Hawai’i in 1990 where she joined the 297th Air Traffic Control Flight, Barbers Point. In 2004, she was selected as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. In 2006, she was selected as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Hawaii Air National Guard. Shortly thereafter the Adjutant General of Hawai’i selected her to serve as the State Senior Enlisted Leader for the Hawai’i National Guard (Army and Air). She held both positions simultaneously until she assumed the position of the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau in February 2010, the first and only woman in the history of the National Guard to hold that position. When the Chief of the National Guard Bureau became a full member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2012, Chief Jelinski-Hall because the first woman to be a Senior Enlisted Advisor to a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). When the members of the JCS met "in the tank" at the Pentagon, there were 14 men and Chief Jelinski-Hall.
In this position, her responsibilities included advising the Chief of the National Guard Bureau on all enlisted matters affecting training and utilization, health of the force, and enlisted professional development of approximately 415,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen. Additionally, she was heavily involved in all matters that affected the families of National Guard members.
For her dedication, superior service, and unmatched duty performance through a nearly 30 year career, Chief Jelinski-Hall was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal; the first female Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard to be awarded this prestigious decoration.
In 2010, Chief Master Sergeant Jelinski-Hall had the distinction of being the first woman to achieve the highest position ever held by an enlisted woman in the history of the United States Armed Forces.
Upon retirement, Chief Jelinski-Hall was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal. She serves as a board of trustee for United Through Reading, volunteers at her church, and is a military advisor at Veterans United Home Loans. Chief Jelinski-Hall is the author of the book, “From the Prairie to the Pentagon” and co-author of the leadership book “Breaching the Summit”. She holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree presented by Hawai’i Pacific University.