Brittany Porche

Branch: Air-Force

Duty Station: Minot-AFB

Number of Deployments: 9 TDY's

Number of PCS's: 0

About the nominee: A little about me. I am a wife to Christopher Porche and a mommy to two wonderful children, Aurelia and Torian. I am a Key Spouse for our base. I love every minute of being a major part of this community and being able to help! As a Key Spouse I brief the incoming airmen into the Security Forces Group phase 1 class, and teach them about the Key Spouse program. I inform them we are here not just for their spouses but for them as well. I teach them about the town and things to expect and places to explore!

Hobbies: My hobbies include singing and wood working. I'm founder and owner of a small hobby shop called, Porche Customs. I create beautiful handmade wooden signs with vinyl lettering. I like to gear a lot of my designs towards the military community. I also make decals on a smaller level. I enjoy spending as much time with my family as possible. With being in Minot, ND the weather is sometimes cold and you have to find fun games to play inside! I also enjoy maintaining a healthy lifestyle by attending the aerobics classes held at our base gym. With other free time I enjoy being in the community and volunteering my time at various events!

Interesting Facts: An interesting fact about me would have to be that I'm extending my ever so busy life trying to learn a few new languages. This will allow me to communicate with individuals who come to our base and do not know English well, or help if we ever PCS to a new duty station.

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? One thing I have learned about being a military spouse is that it's okay to ask for help. I've always struggled with this, as my husband can vouch for me. I try to be Super Woman and attempt to do everything myself, however. I've learned it's okay to not complete everything on your own!

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? In my husband's career field, I feel it's the lack of family time. Understanding the job itself causes them to trip out to the missile field and be gone for days on end. At our base, we have a unique situation. Security Forces on the 91 side, are deployed in place. They do not deploy overseas, but they experience mini deployments and deploy to the missile field. As a Key Spouse I've spent numerous hours communicating with spouses to help them deal with this. I've gotten spouses in contact with mental health, legal services and pastors in our community. This life is hard, and it's even harder for me to see other spouses deal with depression, suicide, even potential divorce. It gives me great satisfaction to know I helped save a life or a marriage.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? One of the best things is having other families know what you're going through! Even being connected to different pages and groups on social media allows you to have like minded individuals all over the world willing to help!

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? One thing I'd love to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title, would be to make a difference! I'm not a spouse that has been doing this for years as some other amazing spouses have. I simply do not have a lot of accomplishments under my belt either like again, some of these wonderful spouses. I'm simply here, taking one day at a time; one encounter with someone at a time. My goal in life is to be as positive of a person as I can. I want to accomplish being a role model and a leader to those who want to look up to me, especially my children! I personally would love to look at the suicide rate in the Air Force, and if allowed, help with all other branches as well. Not just for spouses and their families, but single airmen who do not have their family to lean on. I want to be an advocate to those who need someone! As well as get information out even more. I'd love to create, and possibly get approved, a program for those suffering with depression issues, due to their location or stressers, and give them possible options. This would require the Air Force and I to create a program where after being medically checked out by a professional, be allowed to either be placed in a different position for some time to see if that helps one's condition. For example, this can include being placed in a back office job after tripping out for days on end. Never being able to see one's family or simply not getting a chance to regroup emotionally or mentally can cause serious damage. Another option is a possible PCS. This subject can be tricky, however, if sending an individual to a whole new station saves their life, I am willing to make that my goal and fight for it! (We'll work out any issues that may arise so it's not abused.) I want to accomplish it all with the help of others as best I can! With a positive attitude and a huge smile as I accomplish this with those willing to help. It will not just be a title given to me. I will share this title with all those who stand beside me and support me!

Reasons for nominating:

Brittany does an outstanding job keeping people connected and the community informed. I feel it would be a great thing for her to be recognized. -- Leo Cabrera, Friend