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Largest Military Spouse Celebration Slated for May 2 to Recognize Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Fayetteville, NC – As the nation prepares to honor the resilience and sacrifice of military spouses on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, an unprecedented event is set to unfold near Fort Liberty, on May 2, 2024. The event, the largest of its kind, will unite 400+ military spouses in a paintball competition across 100 acres of playing field at Black Ops Paintball. Eight teams of 50 military spouses will each be led by professional paintball players from the Women’s National League (WNXL).

The event, organized by military spouse-owned Instant Teams and Twelve Million Plus, promises an experience that celebrates the contributions of military spouses with an added layer of fun, community, and connection.

Set against the backdrop of the sprawling 400-acre campus of veteran-owned BlackOps Paintball with teams outfitted by Empire Paintball, participants will engage in paintball matches with guidance from professional paintball players.

“As a military spouse-founded company committed to employment and quality of life for military spouses, we wanted to get outdoors and provide a unique experience. Whether Active Duty, Retiree, Veteran, Gold Star, National Guard, or Reserve Spouse – this day is for all military spouses,” said Erica McMannes, Chief People and Community Officer, Instant Teams. “Our goal is to offer instant connection with those who have walked in your shoes, breaking away from the rigor of day-to-day life and just having fun!”

The event is exclusively available to military spouses and is free of charge. Participants will have the opportunity to join a team of their choice and receive a complimentary jersey. Military-affiliated brands participating in the event include Empire Paintball, Team Red, White & Blue, Spouse-ly, Fort Liberty Military Spouse of the Year: Lexie Coppinger, Moore & Co., R.Riveter, Rick’s Place, National Van Lines, Kristen Moracco with Everything Pines Partners Real Estate, Sams’s Club Fayetteville, Tarheels Communications Solutions, and BMW.

“Empire Paintball values the military community and we are excited to be part of such a groundbreaking event for spouses of service members. We realize that our servicemen and women depend on their families so much and can’t wait to meet the women and men who come out to play.” John Rathbun, Empire Paintball

Learn more about the event here.

About Instant Teams & Twelve Million Plus 

Instant Teams, founded by two military spouses, leads the way as a Customer Experience (CX) talent marketplace committed to the financial well-being of military families while providing companies instant access to remarkable talent. Through their suite of talent solutions, Instant Teams boasts a track record of generating thousands of remote job opportunities and has significantly improved the financial well-being of military families, generating over $40 million in economic impact. Leveraging their extensive pool of pre-vetted talent, they’ve developed customized workforce solutions to meet each customer’s unique needs.

With a steadfast commitment to the military spouse community, Instant Teams’ verified military spouse network, Twelve Million Plus (12M+), not only provides digital connection and resources through its app, but also hosts a free co-working and community space for events at its headquarters in Southern Pines, NC. For more details, please visit


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