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Schriever Airman’s Key Spouse service recognized

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Natalie McCoy earned the 2018 Air Force Space Command-level Spouse of the Year for her years of dedicated service as part of the Schriever Key Spouse program. She has accumulated more than 800 volunteer hours in 2017, and has represented the program in numerous events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)

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Natalie McCoy, center, red sweater, gathers for a photo with fellow volunteers during a “Little Airman’s Council” fundraiser at the Schriever Child Development Center December 2016. In addition to creating the council, she serves as the CDC Parent Advisory Board chair and has helped raise a combined $1,400 for the CDC and School Age Programs. (Courtesy photo)

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Schriever’s own Natalie McCoy earned Air Force Space Command’s 2018 Joan Orr Spouse of the Year award.

She will go on to compete Air Force-wide for the prestigious Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award.

McCoy, key spouse, 50th Security Forces Squadron, has volunteered more than 800 hours on and off base in 2017 alone.

Her achievements include volunteering more than fifty hours at her local church, providing emotional relief and stress support for more than 100 families living on base, and spending a combined 25 hours setting up and tearing down for major base events.

“I was a little shocked (when I won the award),” McCoy said. “This is the first time I ever made it past wing recognition.”

Emily Rangel, a friend and fellow key spouse, was not as surprised. She has been a member of the program and has known McCoy for more than a year.

“She’s always trying to get people involved in things she’s passionate about, spending a lot of her time focusing her energy on the people and groups that are important,” she said.

McCoy is not just a volunteer, but a leader as well. She has represented the Key Spouse Program on numerous occasions, including during the Second Lady of the United States visit to Schriever, for the First Term Airman Center as well as serving as the Child Development Center, Advisory Board chair, creating the “Little Airman’s Council” to help get CDC children involved in the community events.

McCoy detailed why she likes to serve.

“Reaching out and being there talking to people face-to-face you often times find out something about the person you wouldn’t have known beforehand,” she said. “For me, because 50th SFS is a squadron of shift workers who deploy regularly, it can be hard to get family members involved, but it’s most important to me when people do.”

Texas-raised, she attributed her love for volunteer work to her upbringing.

“I think my upbringing had a lot to do with my work ethic,” she said. “Most of my family works in civil servant careers - military, law enforcement, medicine and Department of Defense civil service to be specific - so the way I was raised was ‘if you have the ability to serve and care for others, then you have the responsibility to do so.’ That's kind of what I live by honestly.”

Excited to compete Air Force-wide, McCoy plans to continue her service at Schriever and community.

“We have events for Easter and a big CDC dinner coming up,” she said. “I think Schriever has one of the strongest key spouse programs in the Air Force. Here we work as a team.”

Rangel concurred, saying McCoy has been an invaluable member of the key spouse team.  

“She’s been very important for the spouses and the people on base,” she said. “She’s amazing.”