THE MARCH 5 2011 SPEAKER IS Mrs Rachel Turner-Bensen from ARMY ONESOURCE

Rachel Turner-Bensen, a Pacific Northwest Native, born and raised in Idaho, is the Army OneSource Community Support Coordinator for Washington state where she and her Family have resided for the past decade. A graduate of the University of Idaho, where her studies emphasized Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work, Rachel’s entire professional life has been rooted in government-related service delivery, starting in the legal field managing various Idaho public defender’s offices.  After a tenure as a rural Municipal Court Administrator, Rachel chose to make a career change and became a geriatric social worker, collaborating on care plans and providing advocacy for elders and vulnerable adults. In 2007 Rachel was the first Family Program Assistant with the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC), United States Army Reserve.  As a prior Military spouse to a Desert Storm Veteran and daughter of a multiple tour Vietnam Marine, the importance of serving Soldiers and Families was absolute. When Rachel is not “in the air or on the road supporting the Troops”, she and her husband, now a metro police agency commander, volunteer with their local American Legion Post, specifically focused with revitalization and support of the post’s youth baseball field–“Vets Field”.  Rachel’s proudest Army moment was when her three boys, Connor (12) and identical twins Blake and Brent (10), were recognized with Freedom Team Salute awards for their volunteerism and service to local Veterans by helping with upkeep and “chores” around the American Legion Hall and youth baseball field. 

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