Kathryn Wirkus currently serves as Constituent Services Representative for Congressman Ed Perlmutter (7th District). Her areas of responsibility for the Congressman include military, veterans, NASA, and aerospace issues. She was born and reared in Miami Florida and received her BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her MA in Guidance & Counseling from Webster University, St Louis, MO. She also received certificates for completion of the U.S. Air Force Air Command & Staff College, Howard AFB, Republic of Panama and the USAF Air War College, Buckley AFB, CO; senior service schools for strategic planning and military studies.
Kathryn served in the USAF for 27 years on active duty, the Guard and Reserve components, serving in various capacities as an education & training and personnel officer. During her Air Force career, Kathryn was stationed in Alabama, Washington DC, New Mexico, California, the Republic of Panama, Florida and Colorado. During her tour at the Air Reserve Personnel Center, Denver, CO, she deployed to Bogotá, Republic of Colombia. While deployed, she served as the Deputy, Training Mission, U.S. Military Group (USMILGP), U.S. Embassy, Bogotá, Colombia. She retired from active duty at the permanent rank of Lt Colonel in 2006 from her last duty assignment at the USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.
Subsequent to her retirement from the USAF in 2006, she began a second career as a Colorado State Veterans Service Officer, and served as the Colorado State Women Veterans Coordinator. She is also a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1, American Legion Post 206 and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Kathryn served as chair of the planning committee for the first Colorado Women Veterans Conferences 2011, 2012 and 2013. (www.cowomenveteransconference.org ) The mission for these events was to give women veterans an opportunity to network, obtain information and access to their VA benefits including healthcare, education and employment.
In June 2010, Kathryn co-founded the Women Veterans of Colorado (WVOC), a Colorado non-profit organization, where she serves as President. (www.womenveteransofcolorado.org ) The WVOC mission is “connecting women veterans.” The organization provides assistance in transition to civilian life, obtaining an education, finding suitable employment, and preventing homelessness. In August 2013, the organization received their IRS designation as a federal nonprofit 501 (c) 3.
Kathryn’s military awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Defense Meritorious Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal w/ 2 Bronze oak leaf cluster (OLC), National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/ 3 bronze OLC, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 bronze OLC.