Jen Housholder

Jennifer D. Housholder is a flight test engineer, Army Reservist, and musician. Born in New Brighton, PA, Jennifer graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and promptly began her military career in the Air Force as an F-22 Electronic Warfare test engineer at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), CA. Later she transitioned from active duty Air Force to the Army National Guard/Reserves in order to fly the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, fulfilling a childhood dream of hers.

Jen has more than years of combined active duty and reserve service including 2 deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  She served in various leadership roles to include S2 (Intelligence Officer), A-S3 (Assistant Operations Officer), and Tactics Operations Officer (TACOPS) at the Battalion unit level, and Airspace Operations Officer at the Brigade unit level.  Jennifer obtained the rank of Major, but later reverted to a Chief Warrant Officer in order to focus on flying.

Currently, she is a Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employee assigned as the Radar and Targeting Pod Lead Engineer for the 419th Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) at Edwards AFB, CA. She leads a team of engineers in the flight testing of new software and hardware changes related to the radar and targeting pod systems on the B-1B, B-2A, and B-52 bomber platforms. She is Acquisition Test and Evaluation Level III certified with over 15 years of flight test experience. Jen compliments her civilian profession with her 16 plus years of combined active duty and reserve service including 2 deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). She served in various leadership roles to include S2 (Intelligence Officer), A-S3 (Assistant Operations Officer), and Tactics Operations Officer (TACOPS) at the Battalion unit level, and Airspace Operations Officer at the Brigade unit level. Jennifer obtained the rank of Major, but later reverted to a Chief Warrant Officer in order to focus on flying.

A certified Master Resilience Trainer (MRT) with a powerful message of resilience from own personal experience, Jen teaches both service members and civilians skills to build and develop their resilience. As a survivor of childhood trauma and having endured the effects of combat experience, Jen knows firsthand the value of resilience in persevering through life’s many challenges and adversities. And for those who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or suicidal idealization, she shares a message of hope that real healing does exist, and the effective resources available to facilitate that healing. She is sought out by active duty, Veteran, and civilian organizations to share her story of survival, healing, and the incalculable value of investing in resilience.

When she is not working as an engineer or on Reserve duty, Jen is the lead singer of Hous Band. Driven with a purpose to make a meaningful difference in society, Jen’s mission is to create music that evokes thought, reflection, and action that ultimately inspire the best qualities of life. The title track of her current album, Stay with Me, was written about the challenges facing service men and women coming home from combat and re-integrating back into civilian life. Stay with Me has touched many of our men and women in the military and their loved ones, and is the number one download of the album. Not all her songs are about military life; there are songs about love, heartbreak, and the interesting people we meet along life’s journey. Jen and her band have performed all over southern CA at venues like the House of Blues and The Roxy in West Hollywood. Her music reflects her life experiences, a deep desire to touch lives, and a passion to connect with people in a real and genuine way.