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USAREC spouse competing for Military Spouse of the Year

Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion

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The spouse of a Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion Soldier has been selected to represent U.S. Army Recruiting Command in the Military Spouse magazine’s competition for 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year.

Katelyn Morris, spouse of First Sgt. Aaron Morris, Grand Rapids Company, competed in the first round of online voting for the award, which originated in 2008 and pioneered military spouse recognition on a national platform.

Katelyn advances to the third round of the award vetting process to narrow the field of spouses across the Department of Defense to 18 nominees, which will be announced Feb. 22.

Katelyn was nominated because of her involvement and leadership within the battalion. She serves as the Grand Rapids’ Family Readiness Group leader, volunteers to lead events, and has employed new ideas and initiatives to improve company-wide morale. Under Katelyn’s team-concept leadership style, the success of Grand Rapids’ FRG has contributed to the company’s mission and has improved of the lives of Soldiers and families.

“The positives of being a military family far outweigh the negatives,” she said. “I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most incredible people and live in the most beautiful places, and it is truly a blessing. I have met some of my very best friends on our military journey, and it amazes me how quickly friends turn into family.”

If
named AFI Military Spouse of the Year, Katelyn said she vows to work tirelessly and with great energy to address the issues facing military families. She will continue to promote the growth of FRGs across Army Recruiting Command and help others understand the challenges that face recruiting families who live and work in dispersed environments.