As the Army's principal deputy general counsel, Michele Pearce credits her career success to the many lessons she learned growing up as a military dependent.
Her father, a retired Navy chief petty officer, deployed to parts of Vietnam and Antarctica as a radioman, before ending his career as a nuclear ballistic submarine crewmember during the Cold War.
Her mother, a native of Puerto Rico, selflessly served as a dedicated military spouse. She helped raise her four kids while maintaining full-time employment as a hair stylist.
Pearce recalled her being a shining example of selflessness, often giving back to support her church and community.
"I was so fortunate to have a father and mother who believed in serving our country. The work ethic that I learned from my parents has always served me well," she said. "They always had bigger dreams for me than I had for myself.”
Inspired by the two leading role models in her life, Pearce discovered value behind a purpose-driven life, selfless service, and hard work, she said. These foundational values guided her as an Air Force officer, civil servant, mother, and wife.
Pearce was nominated to serve as the next Army general counsel. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first Hispanic-Amer