Mrs. Stefanie Markin is a huge asset to our Military spouse community! Her dedication to her Husband, family and the Air Force is amazing. Mrs Markin is first and foremost a dedicated spouse and mother of two children who both attend Louisiana Tech. Her spare time is spent, reading and is a member of the Goodeats book club and also writes for own blog, sharing recipes and her love of cooking, which she shares generously and often with our military community, the Airman's Ministry center, as well as her church community and Meals for Hope house ( a homeless shelter), family and friends, while also staying fit working out and walking. Mrs Markin has volunteered over 1580hrs this year to meeting the needs of our Airman as the Manager of the Airman's attic, as well as fellow spouses in her squadron and the base, as a Key Spouse and mentor to Jr Airman and their families. Mrs markin dedicates allot of her time to AADD and is an active board member on the Barksdale Enlisted Spouse Group. Also contributing to our community, volunteering for AFSA and is on the Ladies Auxilary. Mrs Markins pride in serving as a Spouse is evident to anyone who meets her. When her spouse deployed this year, she never let it get her down and was even more steadfast in promoting the support she gives to her fellow spouses. The Barksdale Enlisted Spouse Group is proud to have Mrs Markin part of our team!
Stefanie was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from Simi Valley High School and attended Chapman College in Orange, CA where she was on the women’s soccer team. She met her husband, Beau while on a weekend trip to Las Vegas and he was there TDY.
Stefanie volunteers as much as she can wherever she is needed. One of Stefanie's main passions is her volunteer job as the Manager at the Barksdale Airman's Attic where she spends between 75 and 100 hours per month. She is also a Key Spouse, Secretary for the Barksdale Enlisted Spouse Group and also active with many other base organizations to include the Airman's Ministry Program, and AFSA. She is also an avid volunteer in the local community.
Stefanie and Beau recently celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary. They have one daughter, Kayla and one son, Joey who both attend Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA.
Stefanie loves to spend time with her family, cook/bake, scrapbook, read, travel, watch sports and volunteer whenever she can.
spend time with my family, cook, bake, travel, read, scrapbook, shop, watch sports and volunteer whenever I can.
my husband who provides for us and supports me volunteering so much of my time in our community and at Barksdale.
the thought of never being a military spouse. The life experiences, travels and friends all over the world are things I will treasure forever.
I think being the MSOY would be such an honor and I would love to be an inspiration for others who volunteer. Although I don't volunteer for the recognition I know that being recognized for the things I do would make my husband and children even more proud of me. I am very lucky to be able to give so much of my time back to our community and base and receiving this award would in a sense be a "thank you" to every organization and person whom I have had the honor of helping.
I would want to take my children and husband with me and go back to a time when my grandparents were alive and let them meet my family whom I am so very proud of. I was so close to my grandparents and over the years I have often thought of things that I would love to share with them about my life and my kids successes. I know they would be proud of me but it would be so nice to get one last hug and hear those words from them. Most importantly, my family would be able to meet a few of the people who were such an inspiration to me and helped to make me into the person I am today.
I would like to see military spouses be more informed about the military life from the time they become a military spouse. In a lot of instances this would mean educating the active duty spouse on the importance of sharing information with them. Many spouses are frustrated because they don't understand the military at all and the member doesn't realize how much happier their spouse could be if they knew a little more about benefits, activities, support systems and volunteer opportunites. This in turn creates a support system for the spouse, friendships are created and they feel a sense of belonging. A more military savvy spouse typically makes for a happier household which in turn equals less stress on the acitve duty member and in turn they are more productive, better spouses, friends and co-workers.