Master Chief Leilani “Lani” Cale-Jones enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in July 1987. She served across our beautiful country including a tour in Hawaii. While on active duty, she spent the first half of her career in the Yeoman rating and the last half as a Command Master Chief with her last tour as Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, an advisor position to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. During her career, she was greatly appreciative of the opportunity she had to represent women and ensure perspective of all was considered in policy formation. She retired 31 October 2018 after over 31 years of faithful service to the Coast Guard and the nation.
Lani earned her General Equivalency Diploma (GED) to enlist in the USCG and has gone on to hold a Masters Certificate in Quality Systems Management, a Green Belt in Six Sigma and an MBA in Strategic Leadership. She is currently majoring in Surveying and Geomatics.
Lani started her own business as a licensed home inspector in WA and OR and licensed UAS pilot. She enjoys being outdoors and every minute she gets to spend with her daughter and grandchildren when she can get them. Her daughter is married to a USAF TSgt and they are currently stationed in San Antonio, TX. She currently resides in Kelso, WA with her wife, Barbie.
Lani has attended the Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium every year for the past 15 years growing more and more inspired with every event at the leadership and motivation of the women in the services to serve and lead. Retention and ascension of women within the military ranks is must and she is excited to be a part of the SSLA with it’s vision to “Empower a network of strong and inspirational women leaders who serve”.
Connect with her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.