Mrs. US Universal 2017-Charmaine Pinkerton
Charmaine Pinkerton was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona to a military family. At 18, she joined the Arizona Air National Guard becoming the first women in her family to join the service. She is currently a Technical Sergeant actively serving in the Commander Support Staff at the 214th Attack Group with the 162d Wing. In 2013, she deployed as a PERSCO Team Member to the Middle East in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. She is very proud to wear her combat boots and camouflage but also likes to celebrate being a women outside of the uniform starting her pageantry journey in 2016. She joined the Universal Pageant Systems as Ms. Arizona 2016 and won the US Universal Ambassador Award for her platform work.
Charmaine married her best friend Keef this past March and truly enjoys being a newlywed. She loves golfing on the weekends and traveling the world with him. She believes loving the person you are today and keeping yourself active and healthy. With her passion of long distance running, she has completed one full marathon in January 2016 and finished eight half marathons since 2015. Charmaine is a huge pet lover with one English Bull Terrier named Jersey Girl and has a 22 year old Sun Conure named Sunny.
In 2015, Charmaine entered into the Ms. Veteran America Competition learning that it is estimated that there are currently 55,000 homeless women Veterans in the United States. She wants to continue to honor her commitment to never leave a fallen comrade behind by raising awareness for her sisters in service who are in need with Final Salute Inc. Final Salute Inc. is a nonprofit charity whose mission statement is to provide homeless women Veterans with safe and suitable housing. As a women currently serving, this is very near and dear to her heart. Charmaine has raised close $10,000 since 2015 for the organization and she does not plan on stopping. For the last three years, she has planned and coordinated the MVA Golf Classic to bring awareness and funds to Final Salute Inc.
Charmaine also wants to celebrate the release of the 2017 documentary of “Served Like A Girl” which follows the lives of five women Veterans who have endured unimaginable trauma in service, creating a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering into the 2015 Ms. Veteran America competition that unexpectedly catalyzes moving events in their own lives to bring them full circle in a quest for healing and hope. She is not featured in the film but was a part of filming and wants to support the message and her sister Veterans featured in the film.
She believes in empowering women of all ages to support, inspire, and lift one another up being the best that they can be. Charmaine did not sign up with the Universal Pageant Systems to compete against other women but is here to stand beside her pageant sisters celebrating their accomplishments together as a family. Holding the title of Mrs. USA Universal has helped raise more awareness throughout our great country of women Veterans and the challenges they may face. Charmaine is here on behalf of the 2 million women who have served our nation to remind America that women serve too and that not every G.I. is a Joe.
Charmaine is very excited for the journey ahead with the title of Mrs. USA Universal 2017 and wants to help grow the Universal Pageant System!!!
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