Laurie English

Branch: Navy

Duty Station: Pearl-Harbor-Naval-Complex

Number of Deployments: 2, 10 submarine patrols

Number of PCS's: 6

About the nominee: I am a mother of three and proud Navy spouse of nearly two decades.

Hobbies: Volunteering, reading, and hiking our beautiful island home of Oahu. I also love to cook and to share the joy of food with others!

Interesting Facts: I've lived in Hawaii for nearly three years and haven't yet tried to surf--but I will before we leave!

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? I've learned that being flexible is key in most military endeavors.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? Communication between command and service member/family.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? Traveling and experiencing new locations and cultures together as a family.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I would love to bring more focus onto our military children who don't ask to be a part of PCS's, deployments, or last-minute orders changes but handle it with grace and flexibility that many adults would envy. I would love to extend the Month of the Military Child to a year-round program that honors and celebrates our youngest heroes.

Reasons for nominating:

Laurie is a devoted mother of three, a Navy spouse of nearly two decades, and a tireless volunteer in her community. Since arriving on Oahu in 2014, she has served as the President of the Pearl Harbor Submarine Officers' Spouses Association and remains on the board as an active member. She is currently in her third year working with the Pearl Harbor Submarine Spouses' Charitable Association and is currently serving as President, overseeing the annual Silver and Gold Scholarship Auction. Laurie is currently the Vice President of the Pearl Harbor Officers' Spouses Club as well as the Team Lead for both the Continuum of Resources and Education and COMPASS Pearl Harbor, a program dedicated to spouses mentoring spouses. Laurie served in multiple board positions with the 2016 Joint Spouses Conference Hawaii and is also in her third year working with the Dolphin Store of Pearl Harbor, an all-volunteer boutique which donates its proceeds to the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation. 2017 marks Laurie's fifth year with the Junior League, and this year she expects to chair the My Story committee, a program devoted to mentoring local middle school girls on Oahu. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys family time at many of Oahu's gorgeous beaches and hiking the island to enjoy the breathtaking views. Laurie loves her island home, her three amazing children, her husband, and her wild, crazy, spectacular journey as a proud Navy spouse. -- LaWanna Anthony, Friend