Elyse Sprengle, our 10th Group Vice Chapter lead. Is the wife of a medically retired Green Beret from 3rd SFG(A), who was critically wounded while serving in Afghanistan in 2013. Along with being a caregiver, she is a Registered Dental Hygienist in a family dental practice located in Highlands Ranch, CO, and she is the mother of a 4-year-old son who was born five short weeks after her husband’s injury. During her husband’s long recover, she discovered just how iimportant self-care truly is during times of high stress. She took up distance running and has since run nine half marathons. Additionally, she began pursing a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership and will complete her degree requirements in June 2017. Prior to her husband’s injury, Elyse taught clinical dental hygiene at Fayetteville Technical Community College, just outside of Fort Bragg, and hopes to someday return to the education field.
Life instantly changes when a loved one is injured. She says it was an extremely difficult road, and at times, a very lonely and confusing one. The support of their families, and that of the Green Beret Foundation, along with her belief in something greater than this life, is what carried her forward. While navigating through this unexpected and abrupt shift in their life’s journey together, it was a Chaplain who had the greatest impact when he provided the following words of comfort and encouragement: Isaiah 40:31 states…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. She hopes that the knowledge gained during her own journey can provide support to other wives facing similar challenges. Along with her passion for the great outdoors and for her family, Elyse has a passion for service and wants to continue giving back to the SF community in any way she can. She views this opportunity to serve as the 10th Group Chapter Vice Lead as not only a privilege, but it provides the prefect opportunity to truly pay-it-forward for all the support she has received in the past four years.