Fort Sill Soldier Travels to Washington, D.C. for Major Award

A Texoma soldier recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for a very special honor.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Karen Beattie was named the Army Times Soldier of the Year, after being nominated by her peers and the Chain of Command.

Chief Beattie is an Electronic Systems Missile Maintenance Technician with the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill. 

Her outstanding dedication to the military has earned her the honor of the Army Times Solider of the Year.

Chief Karen Beattie says, "It means a lot. It means everything. It's pretty cool, pretty humbling, pretty awesome experience."

Back in November 2010 Chief Beattie and her husband were deployed to Camp Liberty in Baghdad.

Six months later Beattie's husband and another soldier were killed in action.

Since his death, she has given many hours volunteering with Survivor Outreach Services, an Army-wide program that helps God Star Families cope with the death of their loved ones.

Chief Beattie:  "It has helped me through my grief process. It's easier for me to help others sometimes then to help myself and so by helping others, I was actually helping myself.

Beattie traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept her award.

She says being recognized by her peers means a lot.

Chief Beattie: "God knows what I'm doing so that's really who I'm worried about but my family is pretty darn proud of me and so are all my friends and my family and so it's pretty cool."

Major Ray Fails: "Chief Beattie has reached way beyond the branch that she is in and has touched everybody, male and female alike. It's outstanding."

Major Ray Fails says Beattie's Soldier of the Year recognition is well-deserved, since she always goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Major Ray Fails: "She truly goes above and beyond and truly does it, it makes her feel good. It makes her feel good to know that she's helping and that she's helping other people."

Chief Karen Beattie: "You want to inspire others by your actions not by your words and I just hope that my actions can continue to inspire young women in the military as they are growing up in the military and really all survivors and anybody that's been through a hard time."

Chief Beattie has served as a spokeswoman and organizer for the Lawton-Fort Sill Gold Star Spouse Community for the last nine months.

She is originally from Cooke, Minnesota.

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