A U.S. intelligence soldier is vying to win the Miss America title.
Specialist (Spc.) Maura Spence, an intelligence analyst with 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team originally from Katy, Texas, won first place in the Miss Colorado 2021 pageant earlier in June.
Now known as Spc. Colorado by her unit's executive officer, Spence is scheduled to attend the Miss America 2022 pageant in December in Mohegan Sun, Connecticut.
"Miss America is a two-week process," explains Spence. "The first week is mostly rehearsals and taping interviews for the live show.
"The second week consists of private interviews, preliminary competitions, on-stage talent competition, red carpet and off-stage interviews."
Throughout the entire process, Spence feels, "very lucky to have a chain of command that is so supportive."