Lt. Col. Colette Topfer

Lt. Col. Colette Topfer moved around a lot as the child of a military family. When she entered Taft High School as a freshman, she found an instant group of friends among her women’s soccer teammates. But as a 20-year-old student at Incarnate Word University, she began searching for something more, something bigger than herself. She decided to join the military. More than 20 years later, she says she’s still having a great time. Her pillar trait especially resonates with her as she thinks about the families of all the soldiers under her command, and the level of trust they have that she will keep them safe. Topfer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cameron University and an MBA from Strayer University. Today, Topfer is the 58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade Full-Time Supervisor and the 629th Military Intelligence Battalion Commander. Topfer also mentors women to become lifestyle leaders and live a healthy life. She says she is inspired by helping women reach not only their fitness goals but their lifestyle goals. She is also inspired by her husband Nicholas and her two children Chase and Lily.

Photograph: 
Lt. Col. Colette Topfer
Pillar of...: 
Trustworthiness
School: 
Taft High School
Year: 
2017
Class of ...: 
1991