PITTSBURGH, PA – Lakesha Cole has been named the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® for her outstanding commitment to the military community. Nominated by her husband, GySgt Deonte Cole, Lakesha’s accomplishments include hosting daily mentoring and mini-workshops to help address the business needs of military spouse entrepreneurs, and creating and owning She Swank | Too, a popular on-base boutique for women and girls that stylishly promotes confidence, inspiration and independence. She is currently in her last semester at Parsons The New School for Design, pursuing a degree in Retail Marketing.
With the reach of the Military Spouse of the Year® organization behind her, Cole is planning to pioneer the movement of professional growth and entrepreneurial opportunities for military spouses. “Every military spouse who competed in the 2014 Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY) competition is to be commended for their devoted support of the dedicated military men and women in uniform who so ably serve our nation each and every day,” said Garry L. Parks, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), Chairman of Armed Forces Insurance, the MSOY Title Sponsor. “Today we appropriately gathered to recognize ‘the’ 2014 MSOY, Mrs. Lakesha Cole. Concurrently, however, we applaud every military spouse, the unsung heroes who maintain the home-front during lengthy deployments, selflessly give back to their communities through volunteer work, and provide moral support for their loved ones serving both at home and in harm’s way. Individually and collectively, these spouses contribute so much to our nation’s military community. On behalf of Armed Forces Insurance, we salute each of you!”
Prior to announcing the overall 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®, the finalists from each branch of service were honored at the annual awards luncheon which was hosted at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club by Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, spouse of General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and attended by military and civilian VIPs. The 2014 Branch Winners are:
- 2014 Army Spouse of the Year – Reda Hicks
- 2014 Marine Corps Spouse of the Year – Lakesha Cole
- 2014 Navy Spouse of the Year – Tammy Meyer
- 2014 Air Force Spouse of the Year – Chris Pape
- 2014 Coast Guard Spouse of the Year – Danielle Medolla
- 2014 National Guard Spouse of the Year – Ingrid Herrera-Yee
Branch Winners emerged from a pool of more than 1,500 nominees, advancing through three separate rounds of voting and a judges’ panel review.
Initially the winner of the local level MCBC Smedley D. Butler Spouse of the Year award, Cole was awarded the branch level Marine Corps Spouse of the Year® title before ultimately being chosen as the overall 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®. The mother of one daughter and another baby on the way, Cole is a graduate from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
The Military Spouse of the Year® (MSOY) program was founded and operated by Military Spouse, an online and print media brand of Victory Media. “Over the past seven years, the MSOY Program has awarded and recognized hundreds of military spouses for their advocacy and support within the military community. We couldn’t be happier to be welcoming Lakesha into this family,” said Suzie Schwartz, VP of Military Spouse Programs and spouse of former Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz.
Visit our Military Spouse website for more information about Military Spouse media and the Military Spouse of the Year® program.
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