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Alicia Barnett

Branch: Air-Force

Duty Station: Ramstein-Air-Base

Number of Deployments: Deployment: 1 - 365, TDY's: 65 plus - over 300 days gone

Number of PCS's: 2

About the nominee: I am a SAHM to 4 awesome kiddos, with one more one the way. Before my hubby and I married I was a high school history teacher and coached gymnastics in NJ. Now I volunteer a lot and enjoy going to see all the nerdy history things in Europe! I am also the 2017 Joan Orr recipient for USAFE-Air Force Africa.

Hobbies: I love to sew; I make little picture blankets for any family that wants one for their children. I also make baby blankets for the new babies in my husbands squadron. My other favorite thing to do is feed people! I love making dinners & desserts for anyone who needs a break from cooking! I've cooked for the Fisher House, USO, the Squadron, troops deployed to Africa, neighbors, etc. I just can't help myself; who doesn't love a night off from having to worry about dinner?!

Interesting Facts: I was a volunteer Firefighter with my Dad & Brother in my town for 8 years. I was in the aerial ladder truck company and was the 2nd female in the department and the only female during my time volunteering.

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? I've learned to go with the flow, always have a plan B, and to use a dry erase board for my daily calendar; its just so much easier to make changes that way!

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? I believe there are two; I made a list for both and they were equal in concerns & importance for our community. They are Special Education needs of students in DODEA schools and removing the negative connotations associated with receiving Mental Health services for spouses/families.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The friendships-not just for me, but for my kids as well. We get to have friends all over the world; various parts of the US, Guam, Japan, Italy, the UK, etc. You get to travel and see people you know where ever you go and share what you've learned from living there. Its truly amazing.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? If I were selected as the MSOY, I would want to focus my platform and efforts in two areas of concern. First, I would like to work to remove the stigma for Military Spouses receiving mental health services. I personally know of many spouses who have gone without Mental Healthcare for issues such as Postpartum depression, mid-deployment rut, and daily day-to-day stress because they don't know about the MFLC (or won't see the MFLC because they have to meet in a public setting) and fear that reaching out for the help they need will affect their spouses current and future career negatively. Second, I would work to ensure that systems are established to insure that military affiliated children that receive Special Services - be it enhanced educational opportunities or educational support - will travel with them from DODEA school to DODEA school. Our military children deserve a continuity of care that is currently lacking in the system.

Reasons for nominating:

Alicia provides an extraordinary amount of support for the spouses, families and Airmen in my squadron and around the Ramstein community. She is a Key Spouse, Girl Scout Troop leader, Cub Scout den leader, Ramstein Enlisted Spouses volunteer, mother of 4, and caring individual. If someone is in need she is there. When families were ordered to evacuate from Turkey, she was on the front lines assisting in childcare and arranging donations of household goods for families staying in the area until the school year ended. Each year she runs a cookie drive to send home made goods to members deployed to Africa. On several occasions she has helped families through childcare, meals and other support when they had loved ones in the hospital or were working through the EFMP process. Alicia volunteers to provide more support than I have ever seen to the point I have tried to get her to slow down. She loves our nation, our Air Force, and the members and families who serve it. -- Jason Herring, Servicemember

Alicia is a force here at Ramstein. Her volunteer activities are countless, she is a squadron Key Spouse, secretary of the Intermediate School PTA, OCC for the Girl Scouts, just to name a few. When the evacuee's came through Ramstein from Incirlik, Alicia immediately stepped up and coordinated child care for the evacuees while they went through briefings and tried to get a handle on their new situation. She made meals, watched children, and just generally adopted many of the families that were uprooted for the entire time they were at Ramstein. And she does all this while raising 4 children while her husband is TDY much of the time. -- Lisa Hansen, Friend

Alicia is unstoppable. Not only is she a mother to soon to be five fantastic kids, who are well rounded and enthusiastic, she does more for the Ramstein community than I have ever seen. Alicia is a key spouse for more than just our unit. When she sees someone that needs help, she will be there for them. A family came in to our unit, and the next day a child had to be hospitalized. Alicia made the family an entire Thanksgiving dinner so they did not have to worry. When visiting them in the hospital, Alicia found another military family there, and made them a dinner as well. She had never met either of these families before, but to her being in the military makes them her family as well. Alicia is also the Ramstein Girl Scout Overseas Committee Chair, in addition to being a Cub Scout leader. She is there for all leaders, and spearheads events to bring the best to our community. Alicia is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Ramstein Air Base would not be the same without her perseverance and dedication to military families. -- Aimee Beck, Friend

Alicia is unstoppable. Not only is she a mother to soon to be five fantastic kids, who are well rounded and enthusiastic, she does more for the Ramstein community than I have ever seen. Alicia is a key spouse for more than just our unit. When she sees someone that needs help, she will be there for them. A family came in to our unit, and the next day a child had to be hospitalized. Alicia made the family an entire Thanksgiving dinner so they did not have to worry. When visiting them in the hospital, Alicia found another military family there, and made them a dinner as well. She had never met either of these families before, but to her being in the military makes them her family as well. Alicia is also the Ramstein Girl Scout Overseas Committee Chair, in addition to being a Cub Scout leader. She is there for all leaders, and spearheads events to bring the best to our community. Alicia is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Ramstein Air Base would not be the same without her perseverance and dedication to military families. -- Aimee Beck, Friend

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