Beverly was born in Prestonsburg, Floyd Co, KY. She is the daughter of Dora Mae Adkins and the late Ray Pack.
Upon graduating from Louisa High School on May 13, 1971 she attended Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky majoring in Music Education (voice major and saxophone minor). She graduated from Morehead on May 9, 1975 with a Bachelor of Music Education. She attended graduate school during the summer in 1975 at Morehead. Beverly completed a Master of Public Administration degree from Brenau College, Gainesville, Georgia in 1988.
While living in Louisville, Kentucky, Beverly enlisted as a Private First Class in the Kentucky Army National Guard, 202d Army Band, in Frankfort on June 25, 1976. Beverly graduated from Basic Combat Training in October 1976 as the Outstanding Trainee of her company. She moved to Frankfort and began working on Active Duty for the KY Army National Guard Recruiting Office. Even though her primary duties were administration, she became a key role model for the recruiting of women into the National Guard.
In June 1977 Beverly took a voluntary transfer to Denver, Colorado and began working full time Active Duty for the Colorado Army National Guard Recruiting Office. While performing duties in both administration and recruiting, she became active in the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and worked not only as an Instructor for many classes but was also the first female Tactical Non-Commissioned Officer on staff.
In May 1980 she transferred to the Georgia Army National Guard continuing on tour in the full time Active Guard/Reserve program. She worked in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel & Administration and achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. Beverly was appointed Chief Warrant Officer Two on June 1, 1984 and continued on Active Duty in a variety of positions; among those key assignments were management of the Selected Reserve Incentive Program, Awards & Decorations, Women's Assignment & Utilization, and Women's History. During the period June 1988 through February 2000 she performed her military duties in a reserve capacity (part-time) with the Georgia Army National Guard and achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Four on January 31, 1995, becoming the first woman in the Georgia Army National Guard to achieve this rank. In March 2000 she returned to active duty with the Georgia Guard and served as the Chief of the Officer Personnel Section.
In June 2003 Beverly was transferred to the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia and was promoted on November 14, 2003 to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five to become Georgia's first female to achieve this distinction, and only one of twelve nationwide in the National Guard.
During her distinguished career she has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (4 times), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (5 times), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2 times), Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Georgia Commendation Medal (2 times), Colorado Commendation Medal, Kentucky Commendation Medal, Georgia National Guard Service Medal, Georgia Counter-Narcotics/Drug Surveillance Service Ribbon, Georgia Olympic Ribbon, Georgia State Active Duty Ribbon (3 times), Colorado Recruiting Ribbon, Army National Guard Recruiter Badge, Kentucky Army National Guard Non-Commissioned Officers Education System Badge, Expert .45 Caliber Pistol Qualification Badge, Sharpshooter 9MM Pistol Qualification Badge, Sharpshooter M16 Rifle Qualification Badge, and numerous letters and certificates of commendation and appreciation.
She voluntarily served on the Board of Directors for the Historical Society of the Georgia National Guard and initiated the Women's History Project devoted to research and recognition of women in Georgia's militia and modern day National Guard. She spent countless hours of her own time in research and in presentations, not only to the National Guard, but also to numerous civic & community organizations.
During the time she was a part-time soldier Beverly maintained a private practice in neuromuscular massage therapy in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Aside from her current military service, her hobbies include volunteer work for
a variety of charitable organizations and family genealogy research. She
presently lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
You may write to me at email Beverly L. PackLawrence County, Kentucky Veterans