Duty Station: Fort-Myer
Number of Deployments: 2
Number of PCS's: 6
About the nominee: I have been an Army Wife for 19 years. I have loved our time in the military and the family I have gained through the Army community. I have two amazing sons and am fortunate that I married my high school sweetheart.
Hobbies: Helping others find their way at a new location, spending time with my family, and volunteering in the community to improve the quality of life for other service members and their families.
Interesting Facts: I am proud to be an Army Arlington Lady. No Soldier should be buried alone.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Through my husbands deployments, I have found hidden strengths. I am more than just a wife. I am a military spouse. I have learned how to give back to a community that gives its all for their country.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? I find that the Exceptional Family Member Program family members have a hard time connecting with doctors, specialist, and support network systems when they PCS.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The military community is the greatest gift I have been given. No matter where I go I know I will have a family.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I would bring awareness to families that are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program. Each relocation is a challenge for families. Finding the right doctors, and support networks can be burdensome.
Reasons for nominating:
I nominate Koleen Bray as candidate in the running for our base's MSOY because of her kindness, her overall compassion, and her loyalty in striving to help others. Her dedication to helping those in our community rivals some of her life accomplishments, both personally and professionally. She is a military spouse who has endured many challenges like most military families. Some of these challenges that were faced included military deployments and managing PCS relocations that often come with military life. With each challenge presented, she met them head on and persevered. She even became an FRG leader on some of the previous installations, bringing unit spouses together when needed. She always supported and advocated for other military families with similar issues that both she and her family have experienced while continuing their journey onward. While stationed at JBM-HH, she served in multiple capacities within our JBM-HH community. She has served as our community volunteer, a Headquarters Battalion volunteer, and as a Arlington Lady. Her platforms are being an advocate for EFMP, for community volunteering, and for better relocation services and resources for all Servicemembers. As an Arlington lady, she is one of the few selected that have the distinct honor of supporting families graveside when their loved ones are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. She is also a devoted mom and military spouse, who has an active role with installation activities and those with her husband's unit. Her calm demeanor, patience, and very personable nature are some of the noticeable traits that Koleen has. She demonstrates these special traits consistently when offering assistance to those in need. When the daughter of a friend was hospitalized (being the victim of a horrible car accident), Koleen dropped what she was doing instantly rushed to the hospital across town to be there for this family. She stayed at the hospital with this family during the most trying ordeal of their lives. Her kind, consoling nature and her genuine concern for this family in their time of need was beyond words. Her simple act of compassion will never be forgotten by those who had witnessed this scene. Since her arrival at JBM-HH, she has made a difference in the lives of those in the JBM-HH community and in the National Capital Region. She is very much deserving of this nomination. - Carla Moss -- Carla Moss, Friend