Congratulations to Kerry McAllen US Army (Retired) for being named the 2023 Woman Veteran of the Year.
Kerry McAllen, CSM (USA Retired), began her military career when she enlisted in 1990. Kerry served 2.5 years of active duty in Wiesbaden, Germany, as a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic. After she returned to the United States, she joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
She served another ten years as a Track Vehicle Repairer, Automated Logistical Specialist, and Wheeled Vehicle repairer. During that time, she also earned the Additional Skill Identifier Master Fitness Trainer distinction. While serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, Kerry obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Radio, Television, and Film in 1999.
In 1999, Kerry started working alongside her father to grow their family Commercial Real Estate business, McAllen Properties. She transferred to the Army Reserves in 2004. As a member of the Army Reserves, Kerry served two overseas combat deployment tours. During her first deployment to Kuwait in 2004, she was a Direct Support Mechanic, Tool Room custodian, Recovery Specialist, and Maintenance Support Team Leader.
After Kerry’s first combat deployment, she joined her local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post and became an active volunteer and member. Kerry served her second deployment in 2009 as a brigade logistics liaison and provided daily briefings to the one-star general who oversaw logistics in all of Iraq. In 2015, after Kerry returned from her second deployment, she took over her family’s business as President and CEO. Kerry proudly retired from the Army Reserves in 2020.
Kerry has taken the knowledge that she gained in her 31 years of military service to not only serve her country honorably but also to strengthen her friendships and assist her community.
Bravo Zulu, Command Master Sergeant McAllen!