From “The Fighter,” by Sheri A. Swokowski, March/April 2015, Our Lives Magazine, 8(5), p. 14-23. Copyright 2015 by Life in the Middle Publishing, LLC. Reprinted with permission. The Fighter Sitting in the third row of the Pentagon auditorium last summer…
About Sheri Swokowski
Sheri Swokowski is a retired Army Colonel with 22 years active and 34 years total service. She is the highest ranking, out, transgender individual in the country.
COL Swokowski holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior. She is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth, KS and the Army War College Strategic Defense Strategy Course, Carlisle, PA.
Sheri is a career infantry officer, has commanded a light infantry company, deployed twice, served on battalion, brigade, state and Department level staffs. She retired in 2004 as the J1 (Dir of Personnel and Manpower) for the Wisconsin National Guard. Other assignments included Organizational Force Integration Officer, Strategic Planner, Mobilization Planner and Army ROTC Instructor/Executive Officer at Univ of WI-Stevens Point.
Post retirement, COL Swokowski was a lead course instructor at the US Army Force Management School, Ft Belvoir, VA; a Senior Analyst for the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management at the Pentagon, and a Regional Human Resource Director for the US Forest Service in Golden, CO.
She has been an advocate for transgender civil rights and Trans military service since she transitioned in 2006. She has worked with National Center for Transgender Equality and advocated for transgender rights on Capitol Hill. She has also assisted Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPARTA), an LGBT Military Community and Trans Military.
Sheri has been featured in numerous on line articles and magazines and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Fair Wisconsin.
COL Swokowski is single, resides in the Madison, Wisconsin area near her son and daughter and is Oma to three grandchildren.
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