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Saturday, May 19, 2012

HERstory: Colonel Jacqueline Nave on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Audio of Colonel Jacqueline Nave's Interview here.

In 1999, Congress designated the month of May as Military Appreciation Month to recognize and reflect on the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who serve and have served this great country of ours. This month is to celebrate and honor the contributions of those who are a part of and have been a part of the US Armed Forces and the contributions they have made in preserving our way of life. Many organizations and communities around the country are celebrating this month in various ways to recognize our Active Duty members and their families, our Reserve Component members and their families and our Veterans and their families.

Join Living Your Best Life as we celebrate "HERstroy...Women In the Military" for the next few weeks. We will hear from military women, active and veterans, who are daughters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends. Women from the Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy will share personal stories and highlights from their military careers. All have roles that made them the "first" in many endeavors throughout their lives and in the military. We will hear about their many acts of courage and sacrifice that embody servant leadership that will empower, inspire, and motivate listeners.

We will hear from the Dr. Betty Mosley Brown, USMC, who was essential to helping implement "HERstroy" for the Center for Women Veterans in DC. We hear from the first female African American Marine combat pilot, Bernice Armour. Also joining the lineup will be the first female Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, Many-Bears Grinder. Lt. Colonel (Dr.) Daphne Young will share about joining the Army in her forties, and we will celebrate Colonel Jacqueline A. Nave's last flight as she retires after 30 years in the military. Join us for the on air "retirement party" on May, 19, 2012.

This three part series will have a "few surprises" as well. Tune into 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, streaming live on line at UStream.TV and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10am CST.

More About Colonel Jacqueline A. Nave

Colonel Jacqueline Nave is the Commander of the 118th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) at the 118th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard. Colonel Nave entered the Tennessee Air National Guard in 1986 with a direct commission as a Flight Nurse.

She served as a Flight Nurse Instructor and Flight Nurse Examiner while assigned to the 118th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Her assignments included deployments to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

In 1999, Colonel Nave transferred to the 118th Medical Group as the Administrative Officer. She was commissioned as a line officer in 2000 assigned as a full time technician to Joint Forces Headquarters. Colonel Nave was selected as Deputy
Commander of the 118th Medical Group in 2002.

As one of the first three full time Deputy Commanders in the Air National Guard, Colonel Nave was instrumental in the development and implementation of the manpower study and job descriptions for this position. Col Nave served as the Commander of the 118th AES from March until December 2007 when she was appointed as the Command Nurse of the Air National Guard and Chief of AE Plans and Operations by the National Guard Bureau. She maintained oversight for 89 Medical Groups and 10 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons during her two year tour in Washington, DC. Col Nave coordinated patient movement during the most active hurricane season in history, safely moving more than 500 patients from Texas and Louisiana. She was responsible for planning the Air National Guard Homeland Security medical response for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

Colonel Nave returned as the Commander for the 118th AES in November, 2009 and continued until her retirement April 7, 2012. Under her leadership, the Squadron earned and “Outstanding” on the 2012 Health Service Inspection and “Mission Ready” on the 2012 ASEV.


1973 AAD in Nursing, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
1986 School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, San Antonio, TX
1996 Baccalaureate Degree, Nursing Science, Graceland College Lamoni, IA
1998 Masters in Health Care Administration, Graceland College, Lamoni, IA
2001 Health Services Administration School, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX
2002 Air Force Personnel School, Keesler AFB, MS
2007 Air War College

1. 1986-2000, 118 AES, Flight Instructor/Flight Examiner, Nashville, TN
2. 2000-2007, 118 MDG, Deputy Commander, Nashville, TN
3. 2007-2009, Chief Nurse of the Air National Guard, Chief AE Plans and Operations, Andrews Air Force Base, MD
3. 2009-2012, 118 AES, Commander, Nashville, TN

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 device
Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 device
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 device
AF Outstanding Unit Award
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 devices
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Longevity Service with 3 devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 “M” devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with 1 device
AF Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
Tennessee National Guard Individual Achievement Ribbon
Tennessee National Guard Recruiting Merit Ribbon
Tennessee National Guard War Service Ribbon
Tennessee National Guard Volunteer Ribbon
Tennessee National Guard Distinguished Unit Commendation
Tennessee National Guard Outstanding Unit Performance Commendation


Second Lieutenant 18 May 1986
First Lieutenant 01 July 1988
Captain 15 July 1990
Major 01 October 1998
Lieutenant Colonel 05 April 2003
Colonel 29 April 2008

Photo Credits:
Dr. Betty Moseley Brown (VA)
Captain Vernice Armour (Marine Corp)
Colonel(Rt)Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder (State of TN)
Colonel Jacqueline Nave (118th Air Guard)
Lt.Colonel Dr. Daphne Young (Meharry Medical College)
Last Flight photos of Colonel Nave (118th Air Guard)

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