Kelly Keesecker

kelly keesecker

Branch: Army

Duty Station: Robins-AFB

Number of Deployments: 3

Number of PCS's: 6

About the nominee: Hello! I have been married to my soldier, Tim, for 17 years and we have three energetic, school-aged boys. I enjoy serving as our detachment's Spouse Master Resilience Trainer and Care Team Coordinator. Utilizing my background in Psychology, I also provide pre-marriage and lay counseling through our church, and work part-time with a local social worker assisting fellow parents of special needs children as an educational advocate and support group facilitator. One of the highlights of my week is leading a life group of phenomenal military and first responder wives. I hope to begin graduate school in the coming year, pursuing eventual licensure as a clinical social worker so I may better serve my community - wherever that may be!

Hobbies: I enjoy traveling with my family - taking in new sights, trying new experiences, and photographing them along the way. A good nap on a rainy day is a thing of joy, too!

Interesting Facts: I lived in the same bedroom the eighteen years before I left home, and have had eighteen bedrooms since!

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? I continue to learn the gift of flexibility! Making plans is beneficial, but learning to "roll with it" is something I've had to acquire. I have also learned that the military spouse community is wonderfully unique in the way they serve each other, their spouses, and the community at large.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? The typical military family experiences multiple stressors throughout their servicemember's career. Challenges such as multiple deployments, continual transitions, maintaining career progression, loss of community, or caregiver burnout, take a toll on even the strongest family units. Learning how to maintain resilience despite adversity is vital, not just to the health of the family unit, but also the larger military community on whole.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? Military families have a unique opportunity to really bond and connect as a family unit during times of transition, when new community has not yet been established. Those moments are a gift, especially as our kids get older. Each assignment offers the possibility to learn something new about our country or world, see new things, and meet different people. It's always an adventure!

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? A resilient family unit is able to endure stressors and challenges, and perhaps even thrive in the face of adversity. I would be honored to partner alongside existing programs, such as Ready and Resilient, and the broader field of wellness, mental health, and community-based centers to continue to develop inroads toward equipping spouses and families across all branches of service with resiliency-building tools. Teaching spouses these concepts contributes to reduced stress and overall wellness, allowing them to effectively be the family "rock" so many are, while positively impacting the readiness of their servicemember.

Reasons for nominating:

Kelly is a trained Spouse Master Resilience Trainer, my best FRG volunteer, a seasoned Senior Enlisted Spouse, active in her church, mother of 3 boys ages 10-16 (all of which have extra curricular activities, one being on the autistic spectrum), she is there for everyone, and all this while her husband SFC Timothy Keesecker is deployed. She is one of those people that you will never forget because she impacts the lives of so many. I am truly so thankful for her friendship and guidance. In my 13 years of experience with the Army she has been the epitome of a selfless and amazing military spouse. I’m amazed she has time to sleep at night! -- Kristine Krivensky, Fellow Military Spouse