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Team Seymour spouse wins Air Force level award

Homefront Room Revival: Deployment. Move. Redecorate. Repeat.

Melissa Figge, left, Alexia Hovis, center, and Lili Rodas, members of the creative design team at Homefront Room Revival, repaint a piece of furniture as a project for a military family Aug. 7, 2018, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Homefront Room Revival is formed of community volunteers that help create, design, paint or move projects that become a part of a military family’s household. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)

Homefront Room Revival: Deployment. Move. Redecorate. Repeat.

Homefront Room Revival is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, located in Goldsboro, North Carolina. It provides military families with creative outlets to improve and enrich the military life cycle. Homefront Room Revival was founded in May 2016 and serves military families located in eastern North Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)

Homefront Room Revival: Deployment. Move. Redecorate. Repeat.

Members of the creative design team at Homefront Room Revival sort through donated fabrics Aug. 7, 2018, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The team uses donated fabrics to reupholster and give personal designs to furniture of military families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)

Homefront Room Revival: Deployment. Move. Redecorate. Repeat.

Members of the creative design team at Homefront Room Revival shop for potential projects to be redesigned Aug. 7, 2018, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Homefront Room Revival collects used and donated furniture from the local community to create custom art that adds to a personalized touch to the lives of military families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)

Homefront Room Revival: Deployment. Move. Redecorate. Repeat.

Katelyn Tinsley, a member of the creative design team at Homefront Room Revival, dismantles a piece of cabinet door to create a custom piece of furniture Aug. 7, 2018, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Tinsley is an Air Force veteran and military spouse, and created Homefront Room Revival as way to boost morale of military families in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)

Revitalizing our community, one room at a time

Eight volunteers helped Homefront Room Revival redecorate an old dining room at a women’s shelter in North Carolina, which was completed Dec. 4, 2018. This was the first community project done by HRR, which normally works to help military families in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Revitalizing our community, one room at a time

Nancy Messer, a Homefront Room Revival volunteer, puts together decorations during a room redecorating project Dec. 4, 2018, at a women’s shelter in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Donations from local businesses and individuals, and volunteer-hours from members of Team Seymour, made the room revival project possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Revitalizing our community, one room at a time

Emily Stewart, a Homefront Room Revival volunteer (left), and Katelyn Tinsley, HRR founder (right), redecorate a dining room Dec. 4, 2018, at a women’s shelter in North Carolina. Since HRR was founded, more than 200 volunteers have helped in the effort to give back to Team Seymour Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

Revitalizing our community, one room at a time

A Team Seymour volunteer from Homefront Room Revival makes a custom curtain tieback during a room redecorating project Dec. 4, 2018, at a women’s shelter in North Carolina. The volunteers used items donated by local businesses and individuals to create wreaths, curtain tiebacks, and other things to liven up the shelter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth Boyton)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

One of the top priorities of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is taking care of its Airmen and their families. Katelyn Tinsley, a military spouse here, found a creative way to help her community by connecting military dependents and helping them build resilience.

Due to her efforts, Tinsley was presented the Armed Forces Insurance Air Force Spouse of the Year award. This award recognizes her important contributions and commitment to the Air Force community and our country.

"I am absolutely honored to represent the Air Force which I proudly served, and as a spouse who supports her husband's service," said Tinsley. "I am blessed to be in this role and can't wait to advocate for military families and help fight spouse isolation through the development of programs that work."   

As a prior Airman herself, Tinsley took an interest in helping military service members and their families. In order to do so, she frequently volunteered and founded a non-profit organization, which redecorates rooms for military families, with help from Team Seymour volunteers. Together, they refurbish and re-purpose furniture, using it to transform the rooms into newly remodeled spaces.

“Art is healing and it’s a creative outlet to enhance their own life, connect to other like-minded individuals, and create things to give back to those in need through their passions,” Tinsley explained.

Her generosity has also expanded beyond military families. Tinsley and a group of volunteers revamped a dining room at a local women’s shelter.

“It’s really great that we were able to help women in need,” said Emily Stewart, a volunteer. “These women are going through a rough time and we’re able to hopefully bring them some peace with this room.”

Tinsley plans on continuing to expand her work in the community. She hopes to improve the quality of life not just military members and their families, but also for those through the region who need help.

"The veteran in me thinks this whole thing is incredible," Tinsley said. "The spouse in me can't wait to change the world."
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