The Drill Sergeant of Life with Beatrice Bruno

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Beatrice Bruno is the Drill Sergeant of life is an army veteran but will always and forever be a drill sergeant. She serves active duty Army from 1977 until 1992. Stationed in Germany, she was able to travel Europe on assignment as a Military musician. She also spent time training soldiers just before Desert Storm, Desert Shield.  After retiring from the Army in 1992, She spent 13 months caring for her father. During that time, she was hit with the trials that molded her into the Drill Sergeant of Life. Beatrice now helps people to be the commanders they’re supposed to be on the battle field of life.


Beatrice talks about some of the differences she experienced during the different times of her service in the military. She also speaks about different stereotypes that other cultures had of black people, and unexpected sources of criticism and hate that she experienced.

She shares a story about 13 months caring for her dad in which she found her calling as the Drill Sergeant of Life. Beatrice talks about getting reconnected to soldiers she trained before Desert Storm Desert Shield, and the impact she had on their lives without ever knowing it.

She talks about the various ways people do battle on the day to day in their lives, and how being a commander in life takes work. She also goes into the importance of forgiveness, of self, of others, and of God.

Finally, Beatrice tells Airial about her books, boot camps, mentorship, speaking, and all of the other ways she serves the community, organizations and the public.


“Any time I get to interact with a veteran brother or sister it’s a really good day.”

“Women weren’t really looked at appreciatively for serving in the military.”

“Black women, and white women, were treated in a lesser fashion while serving in the military during that time.”

“We were determined not be seen as smaller or lesser than our male counterparts.”

“When we got out of the military, we lost something of ourselves.”

“It’s a battle to stay you.”

“If it was left up to the enemies of our souls, none of us would make it.”

“Shut up. Shut up. Just do it.”



  1. QutieQ on 07/17/2017 at 12:57 AM

    So proud of Bea! She has been a tremendous friend for many years. Thank God for her humble attitude and advice on so many levels.

  2. LTC Barbara Wickham U.S. Army ret. on 07/17/2017 at 3:54 PM

    Love this…Youb are awesome.

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