Pamela McBride has served military families personally and professionally for 20 years. She currently works in the Well-Being Division of an Army corporate headquarters by monitoring, evaluating, and shaping policy of programs that are a part of a broad system of support services for soldiers and their families. She has also provided program management of Child, Youth, and School Services, Army Family Team Building and Army Family Action Plan as a contractor to the Army Reserve as well as provided extensive individual career counseling and countless career management workshops during her more than 14 years of experience in the career counseling field.
In addition to the challenges of working full-time, having extensive business travel, freelance writing, and being the only parent at home while her husband was in Iraq for 15 months on his second deployment, she is the co-author of two books: Work It, Girl! The Black Woman's Guide to Professional Success and The Mocha Manual to Military Life: A Savvy Guide for Wives, Girlfriends, and Female Service Members (Amistad) with Kimberly Seals-Allers. The Mocha Manual to Military Life is an accessible, informative guide for navigating life as a military spouse, girlfriend, or service woman. McBride and Allers provide tips on everything from how to financially and emotionally handle deployment to how to conduct oneself at official gatherings.
In the mid 90's McBride parlayed her career counseling experience into the world of writing as a freelance writer and editorial consultant and quickly racked up hundreds of internationally published articles writing about job search skills and strategies, professional development, education planning, parenting, and military life. For several years she was a frequent contributor to the "Work and Wealth" section of Essence magazine, The Black Collegian, Upscale Magazine, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Times supplements. Her work has appeared in Black Enterprise, Military Spouse Magazine, and various online publications. She has been a columnist for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and is currently a writer for www.homefrontonline.com, Operation Homefront's Community of Military Wives and Women in Uniform, a column advisor for www.military.com and has a blog at www.mochamanual.com/military. She has had TV and radio interviews and has accepted invitations as guest speaker to share her insight on professional, education, and personal development, as well as topics dealing with military life.
McBride was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, but has also lived in seven other states. She now resides in metro-Atlanta, Georgia with her husband of 20 years, Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) Douglas McBride, Jr. and their son and daughter.