A native of Concord, New Hampshire, Cynthia A. Pritchett entered the Army on 2 July 1973 as a supply specialist. During her career she has served in a variety of leadership positions from Squad Leader to Command Sergeant Major. She has also served as a Drill Sergeant, an Army Recruiter, an Instructor at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) and the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of a sub-unified Combatant Command. She retired on 1 March 2010, culminating over 36 years of service. She currently works as the strategic planner for the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and serves as their Liaison to U.S. Central Command in Tampa.
She served on both the Secretary of the Army’s Task Force on Extremist Activities, and Senior Review Panel on Sexual Harassment. She served as the Army’s Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) from 1995-2001. She currently serves as a member on the JPMorgan Chase Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Council. In November 2013, she was honored by Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program’s “FIRST” initiative. This program is designed to recognize significant FIRSTs for women both in the military and from across society.
She served on the Advisory Board and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Army Women’s Foundation as the first Vice President; the foundation is the premier center for educational excellence, the national network for today’s Army women and a dynamic advocate for telling the history of Army women. She served for two years as a board member for Tampa Crossroads which oversees programs that provides assistance to veterans. She recently became a member of Park’s Military and Public Service Advisory Council. She also serves on the St. Stephen Catholic School Advisory Board.
She is a graduate of Class 37, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. She is a graduate of Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Science Liberal Arts and pursuing her Master’s Degree in International Relations at Troy University.
To sum up it up she is a full-spectrum leader, from warrior to diplomat.