“I didn’t even know this award existed, but to go on and be selected as a recipient was both amazing and humbling.”
— Kathleen Spain
By Scott Prater
FORT CARSON, Colo. — A Fort Carson Army Community Service (ACS) financial advisor recently won a prestigious national award for her service to soldiers and families.
Kathleen Spain was one of only four finance professionals across the country to win the Guidepost Award from the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) and the Navy Federal Credit Union at a recent ceremony in Arlington, Utah. Virginia.
The inaugural Guidepost Awards are a recognition program that highlights financial and professional advisors and the important role they play in helping military families achieve their savings and career transition goals.
“As soon as we read Kathleen’s nomination, she stood out to us as a candidate for the Guidepost Award,” said Grace Marvin, director of communications for the Association of Defense Communities. “Her dedication to the Fort Carson community was evident and even more, her enthusiasm for her work and helping her clients with their financial affairs was unmistakable. Her work with Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) and her approach personalized advice for each of its clients also sets it apart.
A committee of CDA leaders selected the four national winners through a competitive nomination process. Marvin said the recipients demonstrated exceptional dedication to the military and the families they serve, understood the importance of financial readiness to overall military readiness, and possessed a genuine passion for passing that knowledge on to their clients.
Spain, which helps Gold Star families through SOS, and soldiers through the Soldier and Family Assistance Center, has called Fort Carson home for just over a year. But she served soldiers for more than 15 years at other Army installations.
“I was surprised,” Spain said. “At first, I didn’t even know this award existed, but to go on and be selected as a recipient was both amazing and humbling.”
Col. Nate Springer, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson and Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus W. Brister II, leader of the U.S. Army, Garrsion Fort Carson, both attended the ceremony in his support.
Spain described the ceremony as both exciting and a little daunting, as each laureate was invited to take the stage and say a few words in front of a room full of high-ranking military officers. The recipients then followed up their comments by participating in a panel discussion on Rethinking the Way We Support Our Military Families.
“It’s the first award I’ve received,” she said. “It was a great experience, but really, we (ACS financial advisors) don’t do this job for the rewards,” Spain said. “It’s rewarding to give soldiers and their families the tools and encouragement they need to improve their financial situation, help them save and invest more, and improve their well-being. I love helping people, and I think a lot of financial advisors and advisors feel the same way.