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Lenora Byrd served 21 years in the Army as a noncommissioned officer for four years and as a commissioned officer for 17 years. She began her military journey in the Women’s Army Corps in 1961 and was required to resign four years later after her marriage and pregnancy. After a seven-year break in service, she returned to the Army in 1974 to complete unfinished business. Despite continuous struggling during her military journey, she successfully ended her Army career as a Military Police Officer and retired as a Major in 1989. Lenora was a semi-professional softball player during her time in the Army and during her teenage years she became a jazz musician bass guitarist and vocalist. At the young age of 71, she is still performing; strumming her bass and singing.

She graduated from California University of Pennsylvania (CUP) with a BS in Social Work, a M.Ed. in Secondary Guidance Counseling/Consulting, and a certificate of completion in Multimedia Technology. At age 71, Lenora continues to write her autobiography in her Once I Was ebook series. Ebooks Parts 1-2 portray her struggles and victories during her military career; Part 3 covers her experiences as a retired army officer adjusting to civilian life; and Part 4 expounds on her role as a caregiver with limited outlets. She is presently writing ongoing experiences during her golden years that will be included in her Now I Am ebooks.


writing, blogging, playing & listening to jazz music, social media technology, researching and learning new computer/internet technology,