MASTERING THE MISSION - OUR LEADERSHIP IN ACTION
After returning home to Dallas in 2015, VR immediately put her business skills to use supporting women via SCORE and WINGS. She continually focuses her energy on developing innovative programs for women, veterans and small business owners—turning visions into realities as the founder and director for the Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center, a national initiative that has broken ground in southern Dallas with the first of many Centers projected for Texas and our Nation.
A leader and advocate for women veterans, VR testified in support of the original House Bill to make June 12, Women Veterans Day in Texas and organized the first Women Veterans Day 2017 Celebration supported by women Veterans across the region. Actively involved in veteran support, VR serves on the North Texas MyVA Committee and the 30th Congressional District Veteran Advisory Council. She is a member of the Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas, endorsed North Texas LEAD Candidate, HCC Fellow, U.S. Navy Veteran and proud daughter and sister to U.S. Army Vietnam & Iraq Veterans respectively.
Tracy Little retired as a Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force on December 31, 1999, as an Assistant Inspector General at the Army & Air Force Exchange Services in Dallas, Texas.
Tracy's significant military accomplishments include, but not limited to; receipt of the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with five oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon, Outstanding Administrator of the Year (MAJCOM and Air Force-level). Mrs. Little also completed the USAF Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) Academy, the USAF Senior NCO Academy and Air Force Basic Training with honors.
Tracy serves on various boards, including the Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas, where she is a founding Board Member and the current Board Chair.
Colonel William O. Dwiggins (Bill), United States Marine Corps (Ret.), was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. He moved to San Antonio, Texas where he graduated from Randolph Air Force Base High School in 1972. Col. Dwiggins earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Wichita State University in 1977. In 1978, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated with honors at the top of his recruit class and received a meritorious promotion upon graduation. He was subsequently selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commission Program and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1980.
Col. Dwiggins’ numerous military assignments include several positions as Deputy Director, Assistant Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff, Logistics Officer, and others. His military career included worldwide combat tours, special-warfare assignments, capital reconstruction projects, international development/relations, public policy/administration, stabilization and conflict resolution to support the U. S. Government's efforts. Col. Dwiggins’ is highly decorated and received many awards including two Legion of Merit awards, four Naval Commendation Medals, 2 Navy Achievement Medals (1 with Combat Valor), Army Achievement Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and many more. After completing 32 years of active and reserve service to our country, Col. Dwiggins was honorably retired from active duty and returned to Texas. He and his family reside in Dallas.
Col. Dwiggins currently serves with the Texas Veterans Commission as the Veterans Education Regional Coordinator, Dallas/ Fort Worth. In the past he has served as State Director/Supervisor Veterans Program Specialist for the U. S. Department of Labor State of Louisiana, managed Government Public/Policies Administration and directed Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) programs in Louisiana. He also was Sales Manager, Coca-Cola Refreshment Dallas, TX.