Duty Station: F.E.-Warren-AFB
Number of Deployments: 0
Number of PCS's: 1
About the nominee: My name is Kristen. I am going on 26 years old. I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 4 years. We are high school sweethearts. We have two beautiful boys who are our lives. I love spending all of my time with my family and experiencing new things and places. We have been stationed at FE for three years now. We are originally from North Carolina so it's quiet a culture shock. We have adjusted and adapted really well and try to make the best of our time here. I am the social chair on base. I put on a get together for all the spouses once a month. We always have a good turn out and they are always so much fun. I love that I get to put something like that together for people to come and get away from life for two hours, to meet new people and to just laugh with others who share the same lifestyle as myself. I also love being a part of an organization that donates to charities and helps out in the community as much as we can.
Hobbies: My children, shopping(for my children), refurbishing furniture and I'm also a cosmetologist so I love doing hair.
Interesting Facts: I have a very weird sense of humor, it might take others a little longer to get use to me but in the end it's never a bad thing.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? How to become solely independent and trusting in myself.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? I believe the stress that is placed on the family as a whole. You never know where you're going to go, or how long you'll be there. If there is a deployment/tdy/or remote tour, you're then separated from your spouse and taking on all the responsibilities alone. It's very emotional, physically and mentally and I think until you're in that position you're never going to truly understand what all it takes but plenty of families do it on a day to day basis and succeed.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? Experiencing new things. I think we can all agree that if we weren't in the military then our chances of living overseas or halfway across the US would be slim to none. We may not like where the military sends us but I know for one I've had the chance to experience a lot of different and amazing things that many people will never get the chance to do and for that I'm forever grateful.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? Empowering each and every spouse to stay strong and believe in yourself. We are all different but we are all in the same boat. No matter what branch of service, what state or country you live in, no matter what your spouse's job is; we all live the military lifestyle. We need to embrace it, sure it's stressful but we are able to say that we've done great things and we are headstrong, we know what it takes to be the heartbeat of the family and to keep everyone together.
Reasons for nominating:
She is very hard working. She works hard for her family, takes the pressure of the military lifestyle and runs with it, she would do anything for anyone. She's also the social chair for our Spouses Club here on base, she is in charge of putting a get together for all the spouses on base once a month. She always has an amazing turn out. I think she would make a great candidate. -- Daniel McCreary, Military-Spouse