Leisa Westbrook

leisa westbrook

Branch: Army

Duty Station: Ft.-Huachuca

Number of Deployments: 2

Number of PCS's: 8

About the nominee: A former Linguist for the United States ARMY, my loyalty to our nation's military runs deep. As I have transitioned from active duty to more of a supportive role, it is my continued passion to serve our military families. I am especially committed to the children. Last year I was awarded a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. I am a dedicated wife, loving mom, avid runner, and I truly enjoy living life to the fullest. As a family, we enjoy most any activity involving the outdoors to include skiing, horseback riding, and hiking. I am humbled by this nomination. I merely hope that as long as I have a breath in me, I can do something to help one of you.

Hobbies: Running, Community Outreach specifically with Team RWB, Girl Scouting, Church,

Interesting Facts: I have completed two full marathons, and am currently training the next generation of Westbrook Winners. I once rode with B Troop, 4th US Cavalry Regiment, a memorial unit which serves as an integral part of the historical preservation of Fort Huachuca.

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Military service, as both a former active duty soldier and as a spouse, has allowed me the immense opportunity to meet new and unexpected challenges. Particularly in my personal attempts to complete a graduate degree and pursue a career. You must remain persistent and assertive, yet kind and considerate. It is a unique balance that my military experience has helped me to learn and to practice.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? From the spouses perspective, it is challenging to find a suitable career field and attain our own personal career goals. I hope to become an increasing part of the solution. I am invested personally and professionally in actively linking up the numerous talents of our military spouses to help them pursue their own careers possibly in education and to achieve their goals.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? Acceptance is the most positively rewarding aspect of being a part of a greater military family. We have needs that are unique compared to other families. We are more trusting and willing to help. We military families are dedicated to a cause over an individual need. We are here for one another truly in sickness and in health, from the birth of a newborn to the loss of a friend. There is a strong bond of understanding that is unspoken, yet unbreakable. It is this bond that is the greatest aspect of being a part of the military family. Being a part of a military family is both humbling and an immense blessing.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I genuinely hope to inspire my peers. It is not about me as an individual, but about all of those strong women around me. I hope to continue to build networks, promote encouragement, and help at every given opportunity to the best of my ability.

Reasons for nominating:

Leisa is the epitome of an awesome Army spouse. She is also a former veteran, so has embraced the Army lifestyle full swing. While working full time as an amazing teacher to young kids, she also finds time to commit to multiple organizations as a dedicated volunteer. She helps with Girl Scouts AND Cub Scouts, is an active FRG Leader, and a fierce supporter of women. She's athletic, a talented runner, and committed to Team Red White and Blue as well as other running clubs. She's part of the Fort Huachuca Cavalry Association, and many other activities that I cannot possibly keep up with. Everyone who knows Leisa would describe her as energetic, passionate, caring, and full of smiles. If you have an encounter with Leisa, you walk away feeling happier! This is the kind of spouse who should be recognized, for making the world of Army spouses a better place. -- Kelly Wright, Fellow Military Spouse