Duty Station: MacDill-AFB
Number of Deployments: 3
Number of PCS's: 11
About the nominee: Hello! I am Amy and I have the gift of gab (if there was a talking marathon I would win). I have been married to my husband, Jason, for 22 years and we have three perfect little angels (just kidding, more like three crazy kiddos). I love this Army life because I am very social and like to meet and get to know new people and be involved in the community. Or should I say communities. I have moved 11 times during this crazy Army life (3 of those times during our Marine Corps days) and we tackled our biggest move from Alaska to Florida last summer. We have lived in San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, JBLM, Germany, Fort Polk, Fort Benning (on three separate occasions) Alaska and now Florida. I started out volunteering as a Key Caller at our first Army duty station in Washington. Once we moved to Germany I became our Company FRG Leader. During Jason's first company command at Fort Polk, I volunteered as the FRG Leader and the following year during his second command I was the FRG Advisor. Fort Polk was where I also became involved in AFAP as a volunteer and as a delegate. I was sad when our time at Fort Polk came to an end. Our next assignment at Fort Benning was very different as Jason was in a instructor assignment. I quickly became involved mentoring the student spouses. I planned and coordinated an instructor spouse event with senior spouse mentors to prepare us for our next role. Our time at Fort Benning was filled to the brim with two house remodels, and the creation of Military Property Project. Our next move took us to Fort Wainwright, Alaska where I volunteered with Team RWB, the battalion, brigade, and I had the privilege of serving as the Scholarship Chairperson to the Community Spouses Club. In December 2015, we merged Military Property Project with AgentHero and created MILLIE. I received the National Infantry Association's Shield of Sparta award for my contributions to our Army community and units. Currently at MILLIE, I lead the Scout Network, a cross country network of 81 military spouses who assist other military families before, during and after their PCS moves. I think I must be listed in the urban dictionary as the multi-tasking mom. Activities and sports for three kiddos, managing rental properties, remodeling homes (tiling, painting, landscaping and removing wallpaper are my specialties), Army wife, volunteer, author, co-founder to Military Property Project and Director of Community at MILLIE keep me busy. I am able to make it all happen by being organized and efficient (foregoing cable TV also helps me stay productive). I also love to workout and rarely miss Bunco night (that's right, unofficial Bunco Queen).
Hobbies: My hobbies change with each location we live in because the climates are so different. In Alaska, I loved to snowboard and hike with my family and friends. In Florida, we love discovering new beaches and walking along the Bayshore. I also love to geek out on research. My favorite topics to study are nutrition and neuroscience.
Interesting Facts: I was diagnosed ADHD as an adult. Matter of fact just a couple years ago. I had a feeling something was different about me at an early age but never figured it out. It wasn't until I saw my youngest daughter struggle academically despite being very intelligent that I felt like I was reliving my childhood. The beautiful thing about discovering this as an adult is I know it doesn't prevent you from being successful. I graduated from college with honors and have been successful in many other areas of my life. I just have to work harder than others, but that hard work has created resiliency and I feel has made me the person I am today.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? I have learned that experience (and even struggle) is vital in life to grow as an individual, appreciate the things that really matter, to gain confidence and to live wholeheartedly. I feel that life experiences, especially hard times, is where the real growing happens.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? I think an issue that military families face today that is often not talked about but has serious consequences is fatigue. There are many types and levels of fatigue that military families experience during a military career and I think it causes us to lose our sense of purpose, self and community. Military families are constantly pushing their physical, mental, emotional and psychological limits in a competitive, no failure, fast paced environment. When one of those areas hits fatigue it affects the entire family and can affect the military unit. I think that fatigue is something that we do not like to admit, sometimes we ignore it, and power through it thinking it will pass (we don't want to be viewed as weak) but this mindset just makes it worse because we do not take time to reset and build resiliency.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? One of the best aspects of this military life is our community (we like to call it family). Our military is an unique subculture in that people are coming in and out of our lives frequently and yet the sense of community is stronger than ever. The traditions and cultural norms of our subculture create strong close relationships that last a lifetime in a condensed amount of time. The bonds made, especially during deployments and tough times are often stronger connections than with family members. The feeling of always having a loyal and supportive friend, even if they are across the country, is a safety net of support that should never be taken for granted.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I would like to accomplish an understanding and expectation management between military spouse generations. I believe we have a generational divide that creates misunderstanding, frustration and dissatisfaction for leaders and the younger generation. There is a better way to understand and meet the needs of each generation's priorities and belief systems to promote better relationships and the passing on of Army life traditions that are important to our culture's past and future.
Reasons for nominating:
Amy Shick is a leader in the Spouse community. She is an entrepreneurial spouse who has led the development of MILLIE's Scout service. Amy has built a network of military spouses ready to tackle real estate related tasks. She continues to inspire military spouses of all branches through her community building and deep understanding of the true value of a military spouse. -- Lauren Rothlisberger, Military-Spouse