Our Boots Have a Story!
MAJ (R) Belcastro
Lisa began her Army career as a 30 year old Private, high school dropout and single parent of three kids. She received her bachelors and master’s degree while on active duty. Lisa went to Officer Candidate School at the age of 35, attended Airborne School as a grandmother and became the first female Commander in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. She served two-one year tours in Iraq as an Engineer and retired as a Major from Fort Hood, TX as Chief of Troop Construction. During her second tour in Iraq, She founded the 'In Her Boots' program, where senior military female leaders mentor the junior military female service members on coming up through the ranks and sexual assault prevention strategies. After retirement, Lisa continued operating a successful construction company she founded while on active duty. Surrounded by men, she noticed the male veterans would wear lanyards or hats to represent they had served. She realized there was nothing available for women to represent that they wore the boots in a professional setting, or away to recognize another who have shared experiences. That is when Lisa founded Combat Boots Jewelry, and designed pieces for women and men to represent they wore the boots in any type of environment.
IN HER BOOTS, She laughed and She cried; She failed and She succeeded. She learned determination and perseverance. She grew up and lived life. Lisa has seen death and the sacrifices from service and family members, but the greatest feeling was experiencing the bond between fellow service members in war and in garrison.
SHE WEARS HER BOOTS to remind myself that she has endured and no reason not to continue.
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