Dionne Archibald was born in London, England and raised in New York City. After dedicating 30 honorable years to serving in the United States Navy; she currently resides in Newport News VA.
While many choose service as a temporary commitment, she embarked on a career which began as a Radioman and led to tours on three United States Navy ships, over five deployments and five military campaigns. This culminated in becoming one of the exclusively limited number of women of color to achieve the enlisted rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. While in service, she received numerous awards and decorations including but not limited to, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal awards, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
After retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer, she transitioned her enthusiasm for service to a passion for Veteran’s needs. She realized that veterans required an informed perspective on transitioning from military to civilian life; this led to her dedication to serving veterans and their families as a founding member of ACTIVE VETERANS WITH ANSWERS (AVWA). As a result, she chose to supplement her B.A. in Organizational Management with a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Military Psychology. As a founding member of Impact100 Global Veterans, she brings a unique perspective and creative approach to the Marketing and Communications Committee. Her viewpoint will focus on veteran organizations as they work through the process of helping many veterans rather than forcing the process on individual veterans.