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Julia J. Cleckley began her military career in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). She resumed her military career and spent 28 years in the active Army National Guard (AGR). She was the first African American female to be promoted to a Brigadier General of the line in the Army National Guard and became the first woman to be assigned as the Chief, Human Resources Officer (G-1) for Army National Guard. She served as a Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee member, and was charged with providing advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on administration of benefits and services for minority veterans. She is the former chair of the Army National Guard Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Committee. General Cleckley is the recipient of many honors to include the Distinguished Service Medal and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Roy Wilkins Renowned Service Award, identified in Cambridge Who's Who Honors Edition 2007 and is a member of the Hunter College Hall of Fame. She received her BA degree in Psychology and Education from Hunter College and her Masters in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University. She is currently an inspirational and keynote speaker for Cleckley Enterprises.