Melissa Velisek

Branch: Army

Duty Station: Fort-Carson

Number of Deployments: 0

Number of PCS's: 1

About the nominee: Hi! My name is Melissa and one word I would use to describe me is enthusiastic! I passionately feel that positivity and enthusiasm are infectious and I strive to be a positive light in the lives of others. I have a degree in engineering from CU Boulder (go Buffs! :) ) and work full time as a Global Supplier Program Manager at an Electronic component distributor. I truly love my job. I lead a Bible study for college women at the local college campus and have a passion for helping young people become financially literate, teach them the basics of investing, retirement funds, and compound interest impacts. But more than that, I love being a military wife and supporting my husband form home, wherever he may be.

Hobbies: hand lettering, hiking, financial literacy (I know, I am a bit of a nerd)

Interesting Facts: I learned how to ski when I was 3!

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Your perspective in life changes everything! The military lifestyle is fairly new to my husband and I and more than anything, I have learned to appreciate the little things and to stay positive about everything. When my husband was in Ranger School it was difficult to go nearly a month at a time with no communication but it allowed me to grow close to other wives and grow my Army family.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? Spouse employment opportunities and support

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The military family that brings you under their wing time and time again at every new adventure

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? Advocating for military spouse employment opportunities with Fortune 500 compaines globally! As a current employee at a Fortune 130 company, I believe I can spark conversation among large companies to help set a tone for better employment options for spouses globally.

Reasons for nominating:

This lady!!! She was our glue. From stranger wives, finances, and girlfriends. To our kids and pets and families. She kept us up to date with the quickest information given while our spouses were at ranger school this exact time last year! We to this day have a Facebook messenger thread still going about our lives supporting one another they sickness, weddings, engagements, pregnancies, all the above. We are stationed: Alaska, Hawaii, NY, Colorado, Georgia, Arizona and Missouri. She studies up on every single assignment her husband does. She is the most giving. We ranger sisters and a family because of her. If not for her we would have each other to get thru a very tough high anxiety time for our men going thru school. Please email me for more information. Our story is absolute amazing. She even flew to each cycle break to see her husband and so we could FaceTime ours on her phone. An angel. It may be little but for all of us her true love and charity was and is still big! I mean that was a whole year! Still going. MSOYear. This lady. Melissa. -- Geneva Harvey, Friend