Army civilians are dedicated to our Army, our Soldiers and civilians. Ms. Sherri Y.F. Lee, an administrative officer assigned to the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade-Theater (MIB-T), is one of the many civilian Army leaders that support the mission and provide exceptional stability and continuity during war and peace.
Lee is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration, majoring in Human Resources Management. During her junior year at the UH, she started her career with the federal government working as a Management Assistant student intern at the Naval Supply Center, Pearl Harbor. Upon graduating from college, she was able to continue to work at the Navy Supply Center as a full-time permanent employee.
“I started off as a GS-3 (General Schedule),” said Lee. “So I was pretty much every [pay] grade in the book. It shaped me and molded me into the person I am today. I think it adds character to folks.”
As a U.S. Navy civilian, Lee served with various organizations before accepting a position within the U.S. Army. Throughout her 30 years of dedicated civilian federal government service, Lee has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience while working within joint commands and working alongside service members and civilians. Most notably, Lee worked at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.
“When I took the position at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, I took the mission of that organization to heart,” said Lee. “It gave me the experience to work with forensic anthropologist and archeologist. That would be the most significant position in my career.”
Lee is the youngest of five girls, who were all civilian federal employees. Three have since retired. Her father served in the Korean War and she also has other family members who have served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy and Air National Guard. She takes pride in her family values and life lessons she learned along the way.
Her professionalism, genuine passion to help people has certainly made a difference in every organization she has been a part of thus far and she continues to thrive and make an impact throughout the 500th MIB-T.
“I’ve gotten to know a lot of people personally and professionally,” said Lee. “I majored in human resources to work with people and that’s what basically drives me to continue to work with people and share their experiences, good or bad.”
Lee is always willing to stop what she is doing to support others in their time of need. She always makes people feel welcome and apart of the team. She is certainly a tremendous asset to the Brigade and is appreciated for all that she do to fulfill the mission. She takes pride in serving her country and supporting the Military Intelligence (MI) warfighting capabilities.
When asked what she think it takes for people to be able to have a successful career and longevity, Lee said, “Patience. They should not be driven by the money. They should gain as much experience at each position, grade level, etc. as they can and they’ll know when it’s time to leave.”
Lee added, “Patience builds character and with that patience, you gather the knowledge and gain the experience. I think you’ll be more respected in that sense.”
Lee look forward to continuing to build her career as a well-rounded administrative professional in both accepted service and competitive service.
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