Active duty soldier is missing a rotation in Iraq to compete for Miss America

Active duty soldier is missing a rotation in Iraq to compete for Miss America
Army Spc. Maura Spence holds her crown

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Under normal circumstances, Army Spc. Maura Spence-Carroll — who was crowned Miss Colorado 2021 earlier this year — would be getting herself ready for an upcoming deployment overseas. But, instead, she’s helping her fellow soldiers prepare for their rotation to Iraq to support Operation Inherent Resolve and will remain in Fort Carson near Colorado Springs.

Spence-Carroll, 21, an intelligence analyst with the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, will stay behind with other active-duty soldiers in her unit as she prepares for December’s Miss America pageant in Connecticut.

As Miss Colorado, one of her passion projects is addressing mental health within the military and veteran community and erasing its stigma. Growing up, she lived with anxiety, depression, and undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Last year, she reached out for help and was officially diagnosed with ADHD after initially struggling in the Army.

Her road to Miss America began in February when she was crowned Miss Fort Carson. She’s excited to compete for the Miss America crown but disappointed she won’t deploy to Iraq with her unit.

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