Seven years after her "Year of Service," one former Miss America is looking to continue to serve her country.
Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, announced this week she is now an Airman First Class in the Air National Guard.
"Ever since my year as Miss America, I had a dream of joining the military. This summer, that dream finally came true," Scanlan said in a post on social media. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her Air Force Basic Training class at Lacklan Air Force Base.
Ever since my year as Miss America, I had a dream of joining the military. ...This summer, that dream finally came true. . I am beyond honored and humbled to announce that I am now officially an A1C in the Air National Guard and graduated Air Force Basic Training as an Honor Graduate (top 10%) last weekend. The title of “airman” is one I proudly hold and I hope to represent the Air Force well. . As Miss America, most people know that I spent much of my time with the military. Whether visiting Walter Reed and Bethesda military hospitals, working with the USO, or doing base visits, I became overwhelmed with appreciation for our troops and I had a growing sense that I needed to do more to serve. I knew I wanted to do more than sign autographs and take pictures with our armed forces; I wanted to serve alongside them. Now, almost 8 years later, that dream is a reality, and one that I will not ever take for granted. . Most people know that over the past 8 years I have rarely been able to keep anything private in my life. Yet this was one thing that I wanted to remain private for a while, so I apologize to anyone I haven’t been responding to over the past 2 months while I was at basic. This dream was highly personal, so I didn’t want to make grand announcements and deal with other people giving their opinions before I joined. . Now that I’ve officially graduated and am ready to begin my service while in law school over the next 3 years however, I’m more than happy to share my decision. It’s one that I don’t regret and of which I’ll forever be incredibly proud. ...And now I begin the process of responding to everyone that has messaged me over the past 2 months! 😫😂
According to social media, Scanlan studied government at Patrick Henry College and in enrolled in law school at UC Berkley. She also has a 2-year-old son, named Jace.
At just 17 years old, Scanlan competed as Miss Nebraska at the Miss America pageant when it was held in Las Vegas.