Norma Jean Bradford Co-author – The Passions of Our Culture Norma Jean Bradford is from the heart of Delta, Cascilla, MS. She attended all schools in Charleston, MS as child, teenager, through young adulthood until she graduated in 1983 and, then attended the Historically Black College University (HBCU) – Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU} from 1983-1988. After college, she worked in manufacturing for a few years, then decided to use her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the military, that she received from the MVSU Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program. Norma joined the U.S. Army fulltime in 1990 and officially and retired in May 2017 after serving a total 30 years (Active and Army Reserve). She retired at the senior rank of Colonel. Norma is a highly successful and decorated Army Officer, including receiving the Legion of Merit award; she has inspired many other young women to carry the torch. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS and a Master of Science degree in Emergency & Disaster Management from Trident University International; Logistics Management Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), Command and General Staff Course (CGSC) and the Army War College- Senior Service School Fellowship. Norma currently works as a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young, LLP (EY) and has a small nonprofit that serves her hometown community (WIAS-Best Intentions Community and Family Services, Inc.). She wants to continue to serve by assisting young women and girls with leadership skills as they aspire to reach their fullest potential in whatever career field they choose, in addition to offering other services. Giving back and paying it forward is very important and part of Norma’s fabric of life.