Spc. Maura Spence-Carroll assigned to the 4th Infantry Division has become the new Miss Colorado. She is the first active duty soldier to ever represent Colorado at the Miss America Competition.
In an interview with a local news station, Miss Colorado said that she had a lot of support from her friends, family, and chain of command.
"They are very excited that I want to talk about the Army, and I am showing people that you can do anything you want," she said of her leadership. "There are no limitations and it is really exciting to see the ways that the Army supports me."
Military regulations prevent the new Miss Colorado from wearing her military uniform at pageants or while making public appearances, but the Army did post a photo of her in uniform holding the Miss Colorado sash.
By day, Miss Colorado is a military intelligence analyst at Ft. Carson and is also the captain of her unit's frisbee team, she said in an interview. Meanwhile, she was working for eight years by going to competitions, and with the support of her chain of command, going for Miss Colorado and now Miss America.
Spc. Spence-Carroll wants to use her celebrity as Miss Colorado to speak to people about mental health issues, particularly as they affect service members.