Committee Member

Colonel (Retired) Many-Bears Grinder, USA
Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

Other Positions /
Employment /
Community Involvement

  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Retired Soldiers Council
  • Fort Campbell Retired Soldiers Council
  • Department of Army Workgroup to Improve Casualty Assistance
  • Coalition for Better Health, TN
  • Saundersville United Methodist Church Liturgist and Conference Lay Representative
  • Volunteer, USO Nashville and Tampa International Airports
  • Former Member, Secretary of Veterans Affairs’ Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans
  • Former Chair, Women Veterans Committee, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs
  • Tennessee Great War Commission
  • VOTE! Tennessee

Prior Military Service
or Affiliation

  • Retired Colonel, AGR, Tennessee Army National Guard (35 years of Service)
  • Retired Commissioner, TN Department of Veterans Services (8 years of Service)
  • Membership Affiliations: Association of U.S. Army, Military Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Women Veterans of America, Disabled Veterans of America, and an Honorary Member Vietnam Veterans of America

Highest Education

  • Masters of Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Human Resource Development
  • Masters of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA

Achievements /
Awards /

  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Tennessee National Guard Distinguished Service Medal
  • Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration, Maryville College
  • 2 Tennessee Joint Legislative Resolutions of Honor (Military Service and State Service)
  • Women in Numbers Honoree
  • Tennessee State University Women of Legend and Merit Award

COL Many-Bears Grinder, Army, Retired