Duty Station: Lackland-AFB
Number of Deployments: 3
Number of PCS's: 3
About the nominee: My name is Felicia Davis. I have been around the Air Force my entire life, as my father’s dependent, served in the Air Force myself, and now a spouse. I am married to TSgt Andrew Davis and we have two beautiful girls, Katelynne and Addisyn. I work as a DoD Civilian at the JBSA Education Center, assisting those who serve with their Education Benefits. I love to volunteer as it is a way for me to give back to the community! Currently I devote most of my free time to wherever in our military and surrounding community! My volunteer outlets include: - 624 Operations Center Key Spouse; coordinated monthly meetings for spouse communication and involvement - Coordinated the 624th OC Airman's Cookie Drive; provided 42 Unaccompanied personnel with a box of Holiday cheer! - Planned and coordinated the 624th OC Trunk or Treat; provided a safe method for unit families to enjoy the fall time. - President for Lackland Enlisted Spouses Club (LESC); foster education & support, build base/community relationships with fellow mission partner spouses groups, secure educational speakers to provide valued information to members. The LESC operates and maintains the Airman’s Attic and Cinderella’s Closet). - Airman's Attic Volunteer & Key Holder; spend time organizing, accepting donations, and working the attic. - JBSA Back to School Drive; coordinated the donation of filled backpacks for JBSA Randolph Education Office. - Armed Forces Against Drunk Driving; coordinated volunteers to provide refreshments for those working the weekend. - Wish for Our Heroes (raised over $700K in 2016) - Whiskey & Wishes Gala; Silent Auction Chair & Wish Coordinator (raised $320k in 2016) - Heroes at the Grille; Silent Auction Chair and Volunteer (raised $200K in 2016) - Ride Texas support; supported riding rest stops and auction items for final stop (raised $60k in 2016) - JBSA Randolph Toastmasters International - Fisher House Volunteer; prepared/delivered/served meals for 46 resident family members on multiple occasions. - Bible Class Teacher/assist with Toddler Worship at our church.
Hobbies: When I am not volunteering, I absolutely love to do crafts, especially if it involves making messes and memories with my girls! I enjoy bicycling as a means to relieve stress.
Interesting Facts: A random fact about me is I love to hunt!
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Supporting your fellow spouses is very important. Helping to take care of each other allows for our service members to do their job with a little less stress. Plus it allows you to get to know people as you move from base to base! Also, never write anything in pen. A mentor once told me to always write in pencil as it allows for changes. Being a spouse we have to be flexible. I live by this today, and also recommend this to other spouses!
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? One of the most important issues military families face is obtaining information. Educating our Airman and families from the beginning all the way through preparing them to get out of the military will enable them to succeed. While programs are available to help them with finances, education, career, medical, etc., many are unaware they exist or are scared to use them. Ensuring that Airman and families are taken care of from the beginning will alleviate issues and reduce stress. For example, teach our brand new airman to budget so they know how to save. Offer a class on education for spouses to show them what is available and how to find the information.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The best aspect of being a military family is that your family is not just your blood relatives or who resides in your household. The people you meet at your bases become your family and support. You can always reach out to them, even years and several bases later, when you need something and can count on them.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I would like to raise awareness of programs available to Families/Spouses: Education, Career, Volunteering, and Support. Many bases and the communities around them have programs and Spouses clubs that people do not know about or where to go for help if they cannot find the resource. Empowering Families/Spouses through knowledge enhances their chances for success.
Reasons for nominating:
Felicia goes above and beyond to ensure military families are cared for. She volunteers within the community and is always willing to step in when someone needs it the most...even when it means taking meat out of our own freezer to help feed another family! I admire all she does for our military community to help make it a better place! -- Andrew Davis, Servicemember