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Seymour Johnson AFB spouse wins Air Force level award

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) -- One of the top priorities of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is taking care of its Airmen and their families. Katelyn Tinsley, a military spouse at Seymour Johnson AFB, found a creative way to help her community by connecting military dependents and helping them build resilience.

Due to her efforts, Tinsley was presented the Armed Forces Insurance Air Force Spouse of the Year Award. This award recognizes her important contributions and commitment to the Air Force community and our country.

"I am absolutely honored to represent the Air Force which I proudly served, and as a spouse who supports her husband's service," Tinsley said. "I am blessed to be in this role and can't wait to advocate for military families and help fight spouse isolation through the development of programs that work."

As a prior Airman herself, Tinsley took an interest in helping military service members and their families. In order to do so, she frequently volunteered and founded a non-profit organization, which redecorates rooms for military families, with help from Seymour Johnson AFB volunteers. Together, they refurbish and repurpose furniture, using it to transform the rooms into newly remodeled spaces.

“Art is healing and it’s a creative outlet to enhance their own life, connect to other like-minded individuals and create things to give back to those in need through their passions,” Tinsley explained.

Her generosity has also expanded beyond military families. Tinsley and a group of volunteers revamped a dining room at a local women’s shelter.

“It’s really great that we were able to help women in need,” said Emily Stewart, a volunteer. “These women are going through a rough time and we’re able to hopefully bring them some peace with this room.”

Tinsley plans on continuing to expand her work in the community. She hopes to improve the quality of life not just for military members and their families, but also for those through the region who need help.

"The veteran in me thinks this whole thing is incredible," Tinsley said. "The spouse in me can't wait to change the world."

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