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Mayor Yemi Mobolade to recognize their achievements at Thursday’s Military Spouse Career Coalition meeting 

Two exceptional military spouses from Colorado Springs have been selected as 2024 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® Branch Winners. Kimberly Gold with the U.S. Army and Courtney Barber with the U.S. Space Force will be recognized by Mayor Yemi Mobolade at the annual Military Spouse Career Coalition (MSCC) meeting on Thursday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the City Administration Building (Room 102). 

Chosen from a competitive field of more than 400 nominees, Gold and Barber have been recognized for their outstanding dedication and contributions to the military community. 

"Colorado Springs boasts a strong military community that’s an integral part of our city’s identity and plays a significant role in our economy, culture and national security,” said Mayor Mobolade. “I am incredibly proud of Kimberly and Courtney for their remarkable leadership and unwavering commitment to supporting military families in the Colorado Springs community. They are both shining examples of the selfless dedication and service that military spouses embody." 

As branch level winners, Gold and Barber will now advance to the national competition, where they will vie for the prestigious title of the 2024 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®. The nationwide voting period is scheduled to commence on March 7 and conclude on March 8. A panel will evaluate the finalists based on criteria such as military community involvement, leadership capabilities, community-building skills, communication proficiency, and personal narrative. Recipients of this esteemed award are provided with a year-round program designed to nurture leadership skills, expand networks, cultivate essential life skills, and advocate for meaningful change within their communities. 

MSCC is a collaborative effort of community leaders, employers, and like-minded partners in Colorado Springs that promote meaningful employment opportunities and career resources for military spouses in the Pikes Peak Region. This committee also tracks and supports legislation and Department of Defense initiatives that influence military spouse employment issues and work with local employers to encourage a welcoming employment base for military spouses in Colorado Springs. 

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