Duty Station: Carlisle-Barracks-Pennsylvania
Number of Deployments: 3 +
Number of PCS's: 10
About the nominee: I met my husband in college in 1994. We both attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I graduated in 1997 with degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and the two of us were married a month later. The adventure has continued since then. We now have 4 children, have lived in three countries, and have all gained so much insight as a military family.
Hobbies: I enjoy volunteering within the military units and organizations we have been affiliated with, as well as at the schools of my children and the communities in which we have lived. I also enjoy photography.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? I've learned so much from being a military spouse. I've learned above all else to focus on the positive and be flexible. I have learned that there is something to be gained from every experience, positive and negative. That there is an incredible Military Spouse community that can accomplish so much when we work together, embracing the lifestyle we live, and encouraging each other. I've learned to step out of my comfort zone, and to dive into new countries and cultures. I've learned that when I let go of all that I can not control, I am able to focus on strengthening myself and my family.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? The military family faces transitions constantly. The most important issue we face is how to successfully deal with these transitions as a family. Deployments, TDYs, PCS moves, changes in homes, schools, and neighborhood/ friend/ family networks we develop all force transitions on us. The key is to approach these transitions as a family, to use all the tools, assistance, and resources available to us.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? One of the best aspects of being a military family has been discovering that we are forever bonded with an amazing network of military families for life. We have traveled the world and been blessed to meet some of the most incredible military families, and to reconnect with them years later at several different duty stations around the world. There is such comfort in knowing that wherever we go, there are old friends to reconnect with us and new friends to meet.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I want to share and promote the idea that as we, as military spouses, celebrate our strengths, lifestyles, and contributions and support that we give to our soldiers, families, communities, and each other, that we can encourage and empower others to do the same.
Reasons for nominating:
Aimee Randazzo is an amazing woman. She endlessly volunteers her time and energy to help spouses in need. A mother of four, she is tirelessly taking care of her own family, while also leading spouse leadership projects and learning opportunities. Her warmth and enthusiasm are contagious. Her character embodies a "warrior mom on the run." She is cheerful and uplifting, strong and courageous. When the "war" is on the homefront, keeping families together and engaged, I would follow Aimee Randazoo into battle any day of the week. She is my nomination for Spouse of the Year! -- Shelli Dumais, Fellow Military Spouse