Tabatha Copper

Branch: Air-Force

Duty Station: Maxwell-AFB

Number of Deployments: 5

Number of PCS's: 12

About the nominee: My name is Tabatha Copper. I'm a mother to three amazing children ages 18, 12 and 11. I've been married for 21 years to the most incredible man that I could be blessed with. I'm a Command Spouse, Key Spouse Mentor for our squadron as well as the MSG Mentor! I love hosting socials for our spouses and volunteering at our base Thrift Shop as well as being the 2nd Vice President for Maxwell-Gunter Spouses Club from 2014-2016.

Hobbies: My hobbies I love to do are baking, cooking, exercising,volunteering, hosting and spending time with my family.

Interesting Facts: Back in 2009 I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma,,,otherwise known as Kidney Cancer. I had the most amazing support from other spouses and our Key Spouse. This helped me want to push myself and help others through the years!

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? What I have learned about being a military spouse is that you must have patience. Patience with your spouse as they have a stressful job. Patience to know that they can not tell you everything. Patience especially during pre-deployment and post-deployment. Patience is one thing I have learned over the years.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? In my opinion an important issue facing military families is letting them know that we are always here for each other. Especially during deployments we do not want any of our families thinking they are forgotten. We have so many resources that are available to us and helping each other is so important. Questions always arise especially while the spouse is gone so knowing that if there are any issues the "family" back home is here to step in and help when and however we can.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? I think one of the best aspects of being in a military family is the "family". The friends you make all over the world is amazing. In the 21 years I have been "married" to the military I feel that especially during PCS time I never say goodbye. I say see you soon as the Air Force may be a large community it is small as we will see each other again!

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? The one thing that I would want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title is helping others. By others I mean helping our younger new to the military spouses. I'm considered a "seasoned spouse" as I've been told with my 21 years. I've learned so much and would love to talk with other spouses and try to help and assist them with anything they may need answered or help solving any issues that may arise. I want them to know they are not alone and we as a Military Spouse are here for them!

Reasons for nominating:

Tabatha has hit the ground running since the first day her husband Lt Col Brian Copper took command of the 42d Security Forces Squadron at Maxwell AFB, AL!!! She has reignited the fire and positivity of the Key Spouse program and united the spouses and the military members as a cohesive working team. Her selfless care and dedication to the squadron, the group and the ABW has not gone unnoticed as her care and concern spreads across all members in the ABW. She definitely deserves this honor as she leads with a servant's heart ❤️. -- Chrissy Bushby, Friend