Diane Boettcher is an expert in military operations, IT, change management and leadership. Currently, as an executive at Microsoft, Diane is focused on supporting US Intelligence and Federal agencies.

Diane is known for constantly raising the bar of performance and adapting her team to meet the future. She has led IT operations for Special Operations, the Joint Staff, in Africa and in Germany. She has supported defense organizations with Knowledge Management and online collaborative software.

As a leader in the Navy Reserve, Diane has commanded five times and mobilized in 2006, including a short tour in Afghanistan. She currently commands the Naval Reserve Oceanography and Meteorological Activity. While on active duty, Diane flew in reconnaissance aircraft, served in Guam, Spain, Hawaii and DC.

Diane is a recognized and sought-after author, presenter, and mentor. She leads a troop of Girl Scouts, reads, writes, and can be occasionally heard to sing.

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  1. Dear Sister Veteran, I am a veteran of the U.S. Army. I serevd 11 years on active duty, both in peacetime and war. I serevd in the first Gulf War, in the U.S. Army Honor Guard, Berlin Brigade and the 101st Airborne, serving on active duty from 1985-1996. You Ma’am, are certainly a veteran and your article reminds me of a conversation I had with my brother, who also is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The gist of the conversation was about being a hero or a veteran. He felt much the same as you and I feel. How could we bear the title when comparing our service to those who actually saw combat. I like a few that have replied was councelled by those that did. My brother in comparing his service to mine did not see the real point until I showed it to him. The fact that you volunteered and signed the same contract says a lot about your mettle, as so many refuse to serve in any way but expect and reap the benefits of our service. My brother felt that because I volunteered for service in Desert Storm that meant I was more of a hero than he was. I replied that he , like you, volunteered to go to war when you signed the contract. The fact that you didn’t serve in a theater of war simply means you were not called upon to do so. It does not mean that you were not ready to. All members of the military who serve lay their lives on the line every day, not just in war zones. Training for war takes lives too. For instance my brother was aboard the U.S.S. Ranger in the early eighties. One deployment to the Gulf of Aquba (Persian Gulf) the ship burned for 3 days in the middle of the Indian Ocean. My brother though not part of ships company (Being that he was a fire control technician for the F-14) volunteered to help fight the fire. Above and beyond his duties and to this day remembers the names of those killed and the numbers of dead and wounded. When I pointed this out to him he understood my point and I hope you do as well. It is not where or when you serve that makes you a veteran, only that you serevd at all that separates you from your contemporaries who have never serevd!Sincerely,Michael S. Goldsmith, Former Sergeant, Infantry, U.S. Army

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