Guard Wife Named Military's No. 1 Spouse

NGAUS Washington Report

(May 14, 2013) Alicia Hinds Ward, wife of Tech. Sgt. Edwinston Ward of the District of Columbia National Guard’s 113th Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md., is the 2013 Military Spouse of the Year.

Representing the National Guard, Hinds Ward was chosen among six finalists, each one representing a branch of the U.S. armed forces. She was chosen for her outstanding support helping military families with relocation and employment services, as well as her support of special needs resources and helping to build camaraderie among deployed members and their families.

The award has been in existence for six years and Hinds Ward is the first National Guard representative to win.

According to Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Anderson, the 113th Wing command chief, her win was no surprise.

"It is no surprise to those that know Alicia that she was selected as the 2013 Military Spouse of the Year. She works tirelessly not only for our Capital Guardian family, but our extended military family across Joint Base Andrews," said Anderson.

Hinds Ward was filled with emotion after accepting her award.

"I'm breathing now, not well, but I'm breathing," she said through a laugh. "I'm so proud to be here and I love the fact that I'm able to work with all of you [fellow spouses], and I hope to bring attention to our National Guard families, our unique circumstances and the plight of our families."