LaWanda DuBose grew up in the tiny town of Bunnlevel, North Carolina. At age 19, she was ready for a change and joined the Army. She left with high expectations, ones she placed on herself and those that came from her grandmother. “My grandmother raised me and she is my hero,” says LaWanda.
Almost immediately, LaWanda realized that she had made a very smart decision. “I love the military and I love my uniform,” she says. “There’s a camaraderie that just cannot be beat, a group of soldiers working together toward a common goal.” Currently a Sergeant and married to a Sergeant First Class, she is very content with the life she has built. However, a few years ago, she decided she wanted to reach a little further and earn a college degree with an eye on becoming an officer. “When I called my grandmother and told her about my plans, she was so proud!”