An active duty member of the US Army is being given a chance of a lifetime to compete for the Miss America title- but it will cost her an Iraq deployment.
Spc. Maura Spence-Carroll – who was crowned Miss Colorado 2021 earlier this year, will not be conducting a rotation to Iraq with her Fort Carson-based unit, and she has absolutely no say in the matter.
I volunteered and then my unit said ‘No you’re going to have to go to Miss America’ – this is before I was Miss Colorado… so they didn’t put me on the manifest,” the intelligence analyst said.
According to Fox News, Spence-Carroll is 21 years of age and assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division.
Her mission? To participate in December’s Miss America pageant, which will take place in Connecticut.
The Texan is no stranger to pageants, but joined the Army in 2018 when she realized that college degrees were not worth the debt incurred to get them.
The Army specialist hopes to address mental health within the military and veteran communities.
“We need to really address mental health now and show the new generations of soldiers that are coming through that mental health care is something we don’t make a big deal about and that we don’t think of it as being scary,” she said. “It’s just a thing we take care of.”
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