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Veteran Spotlight: Shalela Dowdy

Veteran Spotlight

Veteran Spotlight: CPT Shalela Dowdy
I have the pleasure of introducing my line sister and Shalela Dowdy. Shalela is young, vibrant and destined to take over the world. She is a West Point graduate, Captain in the US Army, model, entrepreneur, pageant contestant and activist. She has brains beauty and a determination to change the world. 

Business/Company Name

I am currently working on starting my own business. Right now I am a beauty consultant with Mary Kay and Tyra Banks makeup brand.

Tell us a little bit about your military career.

I commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2012 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where I majored in American Legal Studies ( pre Law). Upon graduating and commissioning I attended the Air Defense Artillery Basic Officer Leadership course during the fall of 2012 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. My first duty station was Fort Bliss, Texas where I had the opportunity to be a Fire Control Platoon Leader in Bravo 2-43 ADA. Additionally I was also the Support Platoon Leader and eventually transitioned to the Battery Executive Officer Position in January of 2014. In October 2014 I deployed to the country of Bahrain for 11.5 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed I held the positions of Battery XO and Tactical Control Officer. After returning from deployment September 2015 I continued my duties as Battery XO and in August of 2016 I transitioned to my Battalion's S-3 to become the Training Officer. In November of 2016 I started the Air Defense Artillery Captains Career Course and am expected to graduated April of 2017.



What are your current endeavors?

This is a tough question because I am always doing something and like to consider myself to be a Renaissance Woman, but I will give it a shot. I am currently working on becoming an entrepreneur and establishing myself outside of the Army. I am working towards starting my own t-shirt business with the goal of growing the business by adding additional products. Additionally I also want to start a non profit this year entitled F.I.E.R.C.E. I am keeping the acronym a secret until I get it up and running because I do not want anyone to steal the name since I have yet to any of the legal paperwork to secure the name. The non profit will focus on empowering and uplifting women with programs that will focus on assisting homeless female veterans. I also currently hold the title of Miss Ubuntu USA 2017 title. This is a pageant system celebrates black heritage and focuses on community service.




What is the best advice you can share with our audience?

Always be yourself and never settle for anything. Many people compromise who they are and what they desire in order to please others. You have to remember that you have to live your life for you and not for anyone else. Also nothing in life is handed to you, therefore you must be willing to put in the work to reap the rewards.

What associations or involvements you would like to attribute to your success?

Twitter: @LelaV89
Instagram: @LelaV89
Facebook: Shalela Victoria
Facebook fan page: Lela Victoria




Is there anything else you would like to add?

Outside of being a Captain in the Army I am a certified Level 1 USA Track and Field coach. I have previously held the titles of Miss Mobile USA 2017 and Ms Alabama US Universal. Additionally I also am a freelance model.

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