Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs


Hometown: Washington, DC, US

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Content Online
(OSDPA)
10

38

8,581

6,282

0

Current Personnel:
John Adams
Jessica Andrews
Bill Armstrong
Capt. Bradlee Avots
Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl
Maj. Rick Breitenfeldt
Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
Chuck Cassel
Sgt. Stephanie Cassinos Way
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta
Lt. Nathan Christensen
Capt. Olivia Cobiskey
Sgt. Casey Collier
1st Lt. Shannon Collins
Lt. Jennifer Cragg
Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram
Sgt. Eric J. Cullen
Myles Cullen
Nicole Dalrymple
Master Sgt. Brian Davidson
Staff Sgt. Beth Del Vecchio
Sgt. Jaimé Deleon
Lt.j.g. James Dietle
Capt. Angelic Dolan
Lt.j.g. Theresa Donnelly
1st Lt. Christopher Dunphy
Alicia Embrey
Master Sgt. Demetrio Espinosa
Capt. David Faggard
Glenn Fawcett
Scott Flenner
Staff Sgt. Mary Flynn
Sgt. Rodney Foliente
Lt. Patrick Foughty
Sgt. Elisebet Freeburg
Angela French
Jim Garamone
Staff Sgt. Aaron Giannini
Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Godbee
Col. Richard Goldenberg
Spc. Mary Gonzalez
Capt. Michael Greenberger
Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill
Lt. Col. James Gregory
Tech. Sgt. Cheryl Hackley
Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole Harmon
Darren Harrison
Capt. Dustin Hart
Master Sgt. Bob Haskell
Chief Petty Officer Michael Heckman
Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Henry
Lance Cpl. Jason Hernandez
Pfc. Andrya Hill
Petty Officer 1st Class Monique Hilley
Sgt. David Hodge
Lt.Cmdr. Jim Hoeft
Lance Cpl. Brian Holloran
Staff Sgt. David Hopkins
Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston
Capt. J. Elaine Hunnicutt
Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt
Staff Sgt. James Hunter
Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt
Staff Sgt. Jill Jamgochian
Staff Sgt. Joshua Jasper
Tonya Johnson
Cpl. Casey Jones
Norris Jones
Senior Airman Felicia Juenke
Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Sgt. Ann Knudson
Staff Sgt. Luke Koladish
Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke
Sgt. 1st Class James Lally
Rich Lamance
Melinda Larson
Spc. Tyler Lasure
Senior Master Sgt. Jill LaVoie
Sgt. J.P. Lawrence
Sgt. Brandon Le Flore
Spc. Josh Lecappelain
Staff Sgt. Kelly Lecompte
Master Sgt. Alex Licea
Staff Sgt. Jessica Lockoski
Sgt. Maj. Corine Lombardo
Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle
Tech. Sgt. Markus Maier
1st Lt. Rebekah Malone
Petty Officer 1st Class Douglas Mappin
Spc. Evan Marcy
Staff Sgt. William Watson Martin
Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez
Thomas Masten
Pfc. Christopher McKenna
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Meadows
Staff Sgt. Adora Medina
Capt. Michael Meridith
Staff Sgt. Andrea Merritt
Renanah Miles
Staff Sgt. Mark Miranda
Staff Sgt. Matthew Moeller
Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada
Lt. Col. Keith Moore
Sgt. Ian Morales
Cpl. Joshua Murray
John Myatt
Lt. Neil Myers
Petty Officer 2nd Class Katrina Parker
Spc. Anna Perry
Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt
Cpl. Thomas Provost
Staff Sgt. Michael Pryor
Sgt. Elizabeth Raney
Sgt. Eddie Reyes
Sgt. Joshua Risner
Sgt. Dustin Roberts
Sgt. Amber Robinson
Sgt. Aaron Rooks
Aaron Rosencrans
Sgt. Brandon Sandefur
Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Saslav
Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Schaeffer
Michael Scheck
Gary Sheftick
Capt. Stephen Short
Staff Sgt. Samantha Simmons
Lt. Col. Patrick Simon
Spc. Christina Sinders
Sheldon Smith
Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy
Lt.Cmdr. Todd Spitler
Spc. Curtis Squires
1st Lt. Lory Stevens
Sgt. Melissa Stewart
Master Sgt. Jerome Tayborn
Chief Petty Officer Brock Taylor
Maj. T.G. Taylor
Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson
Master Sgt. Scott Thompson
Staff Sgt. Brian Tierce
Master Sgt. Robert Timmons
Cpl. Ryan Tomlinson
Maj. jillian torango
Sgt. David Turner
Sgt. Frank Vaughn
Spc. Jasmine Walthall
Senior Chief Petty Officer Gary Ward
Master Sgt. Sarah Webb
Sgt. George Welcome
Sgt. Daniel West
Sgt. 1st Class George M Winters Jr
Staff Sgt. Warren Wright
Master Sgt. Kevin Young

DVIDS Media Specialist:
Josh Vierela
jvierela@dvidshub.net
678-421-6832



5



Making History: Lisa Jaster, 37, engineer and mother, first female Army Reserve graduate of Army Ranger School


Story by Capt. Olivia Cobiskey

Making history: Lisa Jaster, 37, first female Army Reserve graduate of Army Ranger School FORT BENNING, Georgia – When Maj. Lisa Jaster walks across Victory Pond Friday at Fort Benning, she will secure her role in history as the first female Army Reserve officer to earn the distinctive black-and-gold shoulder tab. However, the 37-year-old engineer and mother of two children, aged 7 and 3, is the third female to graduate the grueling combat leadership course, joining the ranks of fellow West Point graduates and Active Duty officers Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25.

Jaster, an engineer for Shell Oil Co., and Army Reserve individual mobilization augmentee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama, embodies the dual nature of the leadership attributes and competencies of Army Reserve Soldiers, developed from both their civilian and their military occupations.

“Major Jaster represents the best of today’s Operational Army Reserve – trained, battle-tested and ready to serve whenever and wherever needed,” said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command. “The Army Reserve couldn’t be more proud of this outstanding Soldier, and I know Shell Corporation, her civilian employer we share her with, is equally proud to have her in their organization.”

Jaster’s manager at Shell, Hans Hofland, agreed.

“We are very proud of Lisa and her ability to achieve such an extremely demanding goal,” Hofland wrote in a statement released on Monday by company officials. “Her ability to do well under pressure is exemplified in this achievement and it comes as no surprise to us that she was successful.”

A Soldier for Life, Jaster decided to join the Army Reserve because she missed the camaraderie she found in West Point and the Active Army.

“As a civilian, as a mother with a full time job, work/life balance is very challenging,” Jaster said. “Then you add a second job that is much more than a part time job; it’s a career, it’s a calling, it’s something you have to love to do. So it’s not necessarily the time, but it’s balancing your passions of being an individual, being a mother, being a wife, being an Army Reserve Soldier, and of course, doing your full time job.”

To help find that balance Jaster, a cross-training enthusiast who practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, included her husband Allan, a Marine Corps Reserve officer and their two children in preparing for the physical demands of the course.

“At my age, I’ve done a few things, so I’ve got a deep well of motivation that I can dig down into,” said Jaster, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. “Some people worry that having a family is a detriment or that will demotivate me, but I think having that will make me stronger and will push me though.”

The Ranger course is one of the toughest courses in the American military – 36 percent of students fail in the first four days. While being a parent of two children may not be rare for a Ranger candidate, Jaster chose to test her physical stamina, determination, and mental toughness at the age of 37, when the average age of those who complete the course is 23.

“I want [my children] to know that their parents weren’t afraid to try hard and do something more,” Jaster said. “It’s a bigger deal than just the Jaster family and I want them to know that it’s important to be part of the big picture,” Jaster added. “It’s important to try to do hard things, but it’s also important to look at the big picture and see how you can add to society and maybe make the world a little bit better.”

Recent Photos

Secretary of Defense Carter visits Belgium Secretary of Defense Carter visits Belgium
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter greets United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed Al Bowardi as he arrives in Brussels to discuss matters of...
Secretary of defense visits NATO Secretary of defense visits NATO
NATO country flags wave at the entrance of NATO headquarters in Brussels as Secretary of Defense Ash Carter attends a NATO ministerial Feb. 11, 2016. (Photo by Senior...
Secretary of defense visits NATO Secretary of defense visits NATO
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter greets Canadian Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan as they meet at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium to discuss matters of mutual...
DSD Work announces FY17 budget proposal DSD Work announces FY17 budget proposal
Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work announces details of the Department of Defense's fiscal year '17 budget proposal during a press briefing at the Pentagon, Feb. 9....
Secretary of defense attends NATO Ministerial Secretary of defense attends NATO Ministerial
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reports abroad an Air Force E4-B aircraft as they fly to Brussels, Belgium, to attend a NATO ministerial Feb. 9, 2016....
Peter Cook adresses reporters at the Pentagon Peter Cook adresses reporters at the Pentagon
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook addresses reporter's questions during a briefing at the Pentagon, Feb. 8. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D....


Recent Video

Press Conference with Col. Steve Warren Press Conference with Col. Steve Warren
Press Conference with OIR Spokesman Col. Steve Warren
Sec. Def. Speaks Before Senate Armed Services Committee, Part 1 Sec. Def. Speaks Before Senate Armed Services Committee,...
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Defense...
Sec. Def. Speaks Before Senate Armed Services Committee, Part 2 Sec. Def. Speaks Before Senate Armed Services Committee,...
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Defense...
Defense Business Council Investment Review Board Defense Business Council Investment Review Board
Defense Business Council Investment Review Board webcast, featuring Honorable Elizabeth A. McGrath, Deputy Chief Management Officer, DOD, and David M. Wennergren,...
The 5th Annual Fort Knox Infantry Ball The 5th Annual Fort Knox Infantry Ball
Package containing a "hooah" video about the 5th annual Fort Knox Infantry Ball.
Gardez Provincial Reconstruction Team Reaches out to Remote Villages Gardez Provincial Reconstruction Team Reaches out to...
Package about a Provincial Reconstruction Team building connections with outlying villages in an effort to introduce themselves and prevent future cooperation with...



Subordinate Units