Yvette Bell was born in Bronx, New York. She graduated from Springfield Gardens High School, Queens, NY in June of 1986 and joined the Army shortly after. She completed basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN. She was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 75C Personnel Specialist. Later changed to 42A Human Resources Specialist. She moved through the enlisted ranks and held several key leadership positions to include Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Advanced Individual Training Course Director/Instructor, Operations Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) First Sergeant and Senior Human Resources Sergeant.
While serving as a Senior Human Resources Sergeant, Yvette was the by-name trusted agent to Brigade and Battalion Commanders and Sergeants Major on all enlisted personnel matters to include Army policy and procedures. Yvette served at various duty stations to include four overseas tours to the Republic of Korea with combat deployments to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She received numerous awards and decorations throughout her military career to include the Bronze Star Medal for her outstanding service and support during Operation Enduring Freedom. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organization Management from Voorhees University, Denmark, SC in May of 2006. Yvette retired from the United States Army in the rank of First Sergeant in 2013 after serving faithfully and honorably for 27 years.
Continuing her commitment to service she began working in the Federal Government with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Compensation and Pension Department as a Medical Support Assistant, Fayetteville, NC. In this role she was able to learn about disability compensation for veterans and used this knowledge to help veterans and soldiers leaving the service to assist with their disability claims. Yvette is the proud mother of one daughter and one grandson. She has a twin sister and a brother who both served in the Armed Forces. She is a Founder of Impact100 Global Veterans, Lifetime Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, active Member of the Order of Eastern Stars, and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Yvette currently resides in Spring Lake, North Carolina. The things in life that gives her tremendous joy are spending time with her grandson, community service and doing fun activities with family and friends.
“If there are no consequences for failure, then there is no reason for change.”