Duty Station: Fort-Stewart-and-Hunter-Army-Airfield
Number of Deployments: 2
Number of PCS's: 14
About the nominee: I enjoy cooking and coming up with ways to insert healthier ingredients into foods that will satisfy my kids that are ages 2 to 17 years old. Despite having so many people in our family, I am an introvert. So, I enjoy the one on one time I spend with a few close friends on a chilly night around the firepit.
Hobbies: I have recently gotten into weightlifting. This current deployment has opened the opportunity to spend time taking care of myself. I want to be strong and healthy. As a Mom of seven children, if I go down....the whole house goes down.
Interesting Facts: Music plays a big role in my life. I use playlists to wake up the kids, clean the house, and motivate me in the gym.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Be flexible! Things are always changing but there is good around every corner! I've learned to enjoy the ride because there are wonderful people everywhere! Family is not always blood.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? With the use of information at our fingertips, I think the sense of community is going away. It is possible to live next to someone for 2-3 years and never know who they are. It's all about relationships. Therefore, I think it's loneliness and isolation that is an important issue facing military families.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? We have the opportunity to experience so many wonderful foods and cultures that a lot of people only see on TV. Our children have memories of the places most children only read about in textbooks!
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I would like to encourage other spouses of young children because parenting is hard. I am still in the "trenches" myself with having little ones in the house. Even though we've been in the military for almost 20 years, nothing can humble you like a toddler throwing a tantrum in the commissary. I get it. As parents in the military, we don't get awards and medals. Our uniforms usually consist of Cheerios and mystery spots on our clothes. It's a tough job but also the most important.
Reasons for nominating:
Anna exemplifies what it means to be an Army spouse. She's a caring mother and committed volunteer and has served along side me in the Army for the past 20 years. During that time she has moved 14 times, including three moves and 9 years at overseas duty stations. She is a wonderful mother to our seven children and still finds time to volunteer to serve our Army and our community. She volunteers as the Battalion's Senior Spouse Advisor where she helps serve the families of several hundred deployed 3d Infantry Division Soldiers. In addition, Anna serves the community by volunteering on the local YMCA board and is dedicated to making our base and local community better. -- Michael D. Hagerty, Family