Jacqueline Tyes, Past Commander
First Female Commander of NC State & Mecklenburg County
Jacqueline Nicole Tyes is the daughter of Edwin and Marion Tyes. She is a native of Buffalo, New York, but currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jacqueline comes from a strong military family. Her father served in the United States Army. She and her three sisters also served in the military, her youngest sister is still serving in the United States Army. Upon graduating from Leonardo Da Vinci High School at the age 17, Jacqueline joined the United States Navy. She honorably served in the Navy as a Boatswain’s Mate for a Diving and Salvage Unit for three years before being injured and medically discharged. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Education both from D’Youville College. Jacqueline then went on to serve as an Educator for 17 years until she retired in 2015. Over her 17 year career as an educator, she taught Pre-K through eighth grade. She taught all subject areas including Spanish. She also taught four classes as an Adjunct Professor at Buffalo State College early on in her career. Ms. Tyes acquired credentials to teach in New York State, Florida as well as North Carolina. Upon retirement, Jacqueline began writing professionally. She started a blog in February of 2018 theENCOURAGErcom.wordpress.com , coauthored a book with other female veterans that released spring of 2018 (Behind The Ranks, Vol II), and will be releasing her first Children’s Book in November 2018 (The Beauty of Black A-Z).
Jacqueline currently serves as an advocate for veterans with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), where she was unanimously elected to serve as the First Female Commander for the state of North Carolina in June of 2016. She speaks regularly at various institutions on Veterans’ issues such as Colleges, Legislative Forums, ROTC Ceremonies, and Veteran Symposiums just to name a few. Ms. Tyes also participates in Veterans Day Parades, Ceremonies honoring Veterans, Stand Downs, and DAV Conferences and Conventions both State and National. Jacqueline is also an active member of Alpha Omega Phi Military Sorority & Fraternity. She was one of ten veterans who received the National Victories For Veterans Award in June 2017. She is also a recipient of the Legacy Award for 2018. Ms. Tyes is committed to empowering military personnel, veterans, and their families to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. Jacqueline aspires to enlighten, encourage, and empower people of all ages through her speaking, teaching and writing in hopes to give them a lifelong love for reading, learning, and self-improvement.