Colonel Sheri A. Swokowski (ret.)

Sheri A. Swokowski served in the Army National Guard from 1970 to 2004 and retired as a colonel. Swokowski discusses serving as an infantry officer while living as a closeted transwoman during her thirty-year career. The majority of her interview is focused on the job, including detailed descriptions of restructuring Wisconsin’s 32nd Infantry Division, her development as a leader, and her work at the Pentagon. In her retirement, Swokowski became an advocate for trans-service members, connecting this population to each other, the public, and members of Congress.

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Swokowski on the cover of Visibility Magazine, July 4, 2016.

Swokowski at the Pentagon where she worked as an analyst for over two years.

Swokowski with her good friend LTC Andrew White at his military retirement party in Fort Myer, Virginia, in 2009.

Swokowski with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning at Pentagon Pride in 2016.

Swokowski spending time with her grandchild and enjoying her retirement.

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