Michelle Tucker

Branch: Navy

Duty Station: Ventura-County-Naval-Base

Number of Deployments: My husband goes on detachments. He has been on 20 or more.

Number of PCS's: 2

About the nominee: I have always been a free spirited, adventure seeking woman. I cherish the little things, the moments that make you think "wow, I am truly blessed." I look for the positivity in life and every situation. My husband and I are high school sweethearts, born and raised in Oregon, and have been together for a total of fourteen years, married for ten and counting. Together we have two extraordinary, personality-filled children; Ian, age 7 and Addison, age 4. During our ten incredible years of marriage I am proud to also to call myself a Navy Wife. At my husband's command I am honored to serve as Co-Ombudsmand and I also volunteer at my son's school when I can. Another part of my life I am proud of is being a Virtual Health and Fitness Coach. Luckily I'm able to run my business from home which allows me to spend more time with my children and as a bonus it teaches them healthy habits. It also gives me a flexible schedule that works in unison with my husband's unpredictable one. I'm a huge fan of warm weather and enjoy spending most days at the beach or the pool with my family under the California sun. Traveling, spending time with friends, going to church, going on dates and having quality time with my husband, and just simply relaxing at home with my little family are all part of my passions in life. When my husband leaves on detachments I'm incredibly thankful for Jesus and the friendships I've developed over the years. God definitely blessed me with an amazing life and I'm thankful for every moment and every moment to come.

Hobbies: Hiking, reading, photography, crafting, cooking, shopping

Interesting Facts: I come from a family of 10 siblings.

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Friends become family!

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? Mental, physical, and emotional Health.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? I feel that the best aspects of being in a military family are the close bonds we make with fellow military families. We are all in the same boat, we aren't around our real families. We are all we've got, so it's important to be there for each other.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? To build a larger community of bringing spouses together to work on bettering themselves with fitness in body, mind, and soul. I am someone who values my marriage and myself enough to try to take care of myself in ways that will give me personal growth. It is a mission of mine to share with fellow spouses that they too can take care of themselves and work toward being the best version of themselves they can possibly be. So that in return, they can take care of others and everything else that lands on their plate.

Reasons for nominating:

Too many reasons! An amazing Spouse, who caters to others while her husband being gone 80% of the time. A mother of 2. -- Angela, Friend