Second Lt. Keisha Spaulding, a native of Campbellsville, earned a commission in the U.S. Army, graduating from Officer Candidate School on July 31.
Spaulding is currently serving in the Adjutant General Corps of the Army. She initially joined the Army for the Student Loan Repayment Plan and to honor her country.
In 12 years of active duty service, Spaulding has served in the following duty positions and locations: personnel information management specialist in Fort Bragg, N.C.; quality assurance analyst in Fort Stewart, Ga.; SIDPERS non-commissioned officer in charge in Camp Stanley, Korea; group training NCOIC in Fort Hood, Texas; casualty liaison at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; and deployed theater accountability NCOIC in Alexandria, Va.
Spaulding has also served two short tours in Kuwait for the deployment and implementation of DTAS Versions 3.0 and 3.4. She is currently serving in Alexandria as the aide-de-camp to the Deputy Commanding General of Army Human Resources Command.
Spaulding has earned the following awards over the past 12 years: Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, three Good Conduct Medals, three NCO Professional Development Medals, Overseas Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Medal.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Excelsior College and is projected to graduate from Central Michigan University with a master of science administration in human resources management in fall 2009.
Spaulding is the daughter of Johnny and Prentice Spaulding of Louisville, formerly of Campbellsville. Her grandparents are Margaret Gaddie of Greensburg and Josephine Spaulding of Louisville.
She has two biological children, Daniel and Donovan Taylor; two step-children, Timothy and Enedina Higdon; and an adopted daughter, Fridah Nyambe Higdon. Spaulding is married to Timothy B. Higdon of Nashville, Mich., and lives in Springfield, Va.