The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Dawn-Noel Dunbar, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
Built to Carry On
After her deployment to Afghanistan, First Sergeant DawnNoel Dunbar was transferred to
the 811th Ordnance Company of the Army Reserves in Rainelle. In 2016, after less than a year in her new community, she, along with other soldiers from the 811th Ordnance Company, provided life-saving assistance to Rainelle residents trapped in their homes due to rising floodwaters.
As an active guard reserve soldier, Dunbar is the Training NCO for the 811th’s junior soldiers. She believes great leadership is key to anyone’s success and takes pride in guiding the next generation of the military. She is the senior enlisted advisor to the 811th commander, ensuring the success of the commander’s mission and the welfare of the Company’s soldiers, who logistically support forward fighting war soldiers. Dunbar’s conviction and tenacity aid her in these mentally and physically demanding roles.
Dunbar continually sees the resilience of her community, and her advice to others is to always seek to go forward.