Wesley Bauguess, A collegiate golfer and Distinguished Military Graduate from Appalachian State University, is set to speak at the 2019 Patriot All-America Opening Ceremony on Friday, December 28th at the Wigwam Golf Club. She will adress 84 colligiate golfers along with fans and sponsors of the Patriot All-America.
Bauguess received her Regular Army commission into the Medical Service Corps in May 1994. During her Lieutenant years, she served as a treatment platoon leader, medical company executive officer and combat health support officer in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
After graduating from the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, on the Commandant’slist, Captain Bauguess served as the Adjutant and Personnel Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command in the Republic of Korea. She resigned her active duty commission in 1999 but continued her military service in the United States Army Reserves and Individual Ready Reserves for an additional five years.
Upon leaving the Army as a Captain in 2004, Wesley found new ways to serve. She led FamilyReadiness Groups at the company and battalion level, providing leadership and support tocountless military families. Sadly, her husband of nearly 14 years, Army Major Larry Bauguess, was killed in action in Pakistan in May 2007. Despite her loss, Wesley continued to serve soldiers and families by creating and leading the 82nd Airborne Division Wounded Warrior Committee, an all-volunteer organization that visited and provided comfort items for the wounded Paratroopers of the All-American Division. In 2009, the National Military Family Association recognized her as a Very Important Patriot, an honor limited to only five worldwide volunteers each year.
Wesley has a B.S. in Communications from Appalachian State University and an M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University. She is the proud mother of two amazing young ladies, a member of the Speakers’ Bureau for the Folds of Honor Foundation, and theauthor of the book God, Country, Golf: Reflections of an Army widow, available now at