COMMANDER DENISE J. MCCALLACREARY
UNITED STATES NAVY RETIRED
Commander Denise Jacqueline McCallaCreary is now volunteering, pursuing an acting career in film and have appeared in television commercials local and national.
She is a native of Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. She enlisted in the Naval Reserves in October 1973 and served as an Aviation Storekeeper at Naval Air Station, Glenview, Illinois. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago in 1978, she entered military duty full time. She accepted Temporary Active duty (TEMAC) assignment with the Navy Recruiting District, Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the Recruiting District’s community relations Petty Officer. For excellence in support of recruiting in that assignment, she was awarded the Recruiting Gold wreath. During this assignment, she applied and was selected to attend Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island. She was commissioned an Ensign in November 1979.
Her assignments over 21 years as a Commissioned Officer were:
• Public Affairs Officer, Bermuda
• Assistant Head, Family Housing, Plans and Policy Division, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC
• Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Master of Science in Transportation Management & Assistant Public Affairs Officer
• Navy Transportation Management School, Oakland, California
• Admin Officer and Director of the Family Service Center – Naval Station Moffett Field
In October 1991, she assumed command of the Naval Transient Personnel Unit, Treasure Island, California. Following this tour, Commander McCallaCreary was selected to attend the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island where she was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in March 1995.
In April 1995, she reported to U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida where she served concurrently as the Navy/Marine Corps Branch Chief and the Navy Element Executive Officer. She is also a graduate of the senior staff course at the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia. In 1998, she reported to the Naval Postgraduate School and served as the National Security Affairs Department Curricular Officer. She retired November 2000 after a career spanning 27 years.
Her military awards and decorations include Defense Meritorious Service medal; Navy Meritorious Service medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal with gold star in lieu of second award; Joint Service Achievement medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Navy Reserve Meritorious Service medal; National Defense Medal with bronze star in lieu of second award; Humanitarian Service medal; and the Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon. She is the first female National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) Dorie Miller and Lifetime Achievement awardee. She has received many civilian recognitions for leadership in the Northern California community where she lives. She has accomplished the Advance Communication Silver level in the Toastmasters International Program and is a past appointee to the Mayor of San Jose’s Project Diversity Screening Commission.
She is the Immediate Past National President of the NNOA, their first female in a 47-year history. She is the Immediate Past President & Chief Executive Officer, Jamaican American Association of Northern California; Past President, Almaden Valley Orators Toastmasters Club and a founding member of the Merl Grove High School, Kingston, Jamaica, Northeast American Past Students Chapter. She also served on the Jamaican Diaspora Crime Task Force and on the Board of the National Association of Jamaican Supportive Organizations, Inc. (NAJASO).