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Natalie Wamsley

CW2 Natalie Wamsley

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Natalie A. Wamsley, 36, of Georgetown, Scott County, KY died on November 30, 2021, due to breast cancer while serving on Title 32 Active Guard-Reserve Duty status.

Born in Louisville, Natalie enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2003 while she was still in high school. She joined because of her grandfather’s military service and her involvement in the Junior ROTC program at Male High School in Louisville. She came from a long line of veterans but was the first woman in her family to join. As an enlisted Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer, Natalie served as a Human Resources Specialist at the company and brigade level including a deployment to Iraq in 2011. At the time of her death, CW2 Wamsley was serving as the Human Resources Technician for Headquarters, Headquarters Battery, 138th Field Artillery Brigade in Lexington, KY.

Natalie Wamsley was appointed a Warrant Officer 1 on March 19, 2018, following multiple rounds of chemotherapy and surgery for an aggressive form of breast cancer that was initially discovered while attending Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS). Undeterred, Warrant Officer Candidate Wamsley completed WOCS, but delayed her appointment to receive medical treatment. She was prescribed aggressive radiation therapy which she received five days a week, all while preparing to be commissioned as a warrant officer by working out throughout her treatments. Natalie completed chemotherapy treatments January 30, 2018, and immediately came off medical profile early in order to take the physical fitness test to commission. She passed the test, impressing herself and others with her score. She was commissioned in front of a large crowd of friends and colleagues, all inspired by the soldier standing in front of them.

She was pinned with WO1 rank insignia by her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ronald Wamsley who said he had never been prouder to be her husband. Together they were the only warrant officer husband-wife pair in the Kentucky National Guard. CW2 Wamsley was known by her friends, peers, and colleagues as a natural leader who always went above and beyond with her “No Quit, No Excuse” attitude. She inspired others to be better every single day in every part of life. In a 2019 interview with National Guard News and Citizen Soldier Magazine, Natalie said her mantra during treatment became, “Your illness does not define you, your strength and courage does.”

Natalie served 18 years with the Kentucky Army National Guard. She was a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was interred with full military honors at the Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery in Georgetown, KY.