Duty Station: USAG-Rheinland-Pfalz
Number of Deployments: 5
Number of PCS's: 5 (Family 3)
About the nominee: I am a proud Military Spouse of twenty-four years and a mother to three awesome children! I worked as a Department of the Army Civilian- Family Readiness Support Assistant for eight years and currently a Family Readiness Support Assistant for 7th Mission Support Command. I am a volunteer for the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Family Readiness Group, Kaiserslautern/Ramstein Military Chapels, USO Kaiserslautern, US Army Warrant Officer Association Rheinland-Pflaz Silver Chapter, Ramstein Officer Spouses Club, Ramstein Schools, Kaiserslautern Hispanic American Club member and Kaiserslautern Landstuhl Spouses Association member.
Hobbies: My hobbies are mainly volunteering with my family for my husband's unit, military chapels, Ramstein schools and the local host nation women's shelter. Additionally, we enjoy traveling around Europe and broadening our understanding of various cultures and customs.
Interesting Facts: I was a member of Civil Air Patrol in High School. I was also an Airman in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves while serving as a Security Policeman for a six year period. During my service to our nation, I had the unique opportunity to experience both Air Force and Army training in support of critical mission requirements.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Something I have learned from being a military spouse is the significant importance associated with maintaining a positive attitude regardless of the situation and knowing what resources are available to military families like Army Community Service, Army Reserve Family Programs, Fort Family, Family Readiness Groups, Military One Source, Military Chapels, Chaplains, Military Family Life Counselors, USO, ASYMCA, Operation Homefront, American Red Cross, and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program to name a few. Military life will unmistakably provide numerous challenges ranging from family separation, moving around the world, children educational requirements from various schools and sustaining a career.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? Sponsorship of the entire family to a new duty station, especially overseas, is critically important relative to total readiness in the military. I have experienced the significant positive effects that a great military family can have well beyond the service member specific requirements that included spouse employment opportunities, childcare options, and schools supportive of EFMP dependents. Conversely, the negative effects of a lackluster sponsor can have devastating consequences by elevating an already stressful experience to an overwhelming level, resulting in a degradation of individual, family, organizational and Army readiness. Therefore, a consistent sponsorship program inclusive to the entire military family nucleus is required to streamline integration through unwavering support.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The relationships that are formed with other military families at various duty stations which become unbreakable bonds are one of the best aspects of being in a military family. My experiences as a military spouse has provided many opportunities. I have been able to meet people with the highest character the world has to offer. Military families endure together, overcome together, survive together and most importantly serve as examples of what can be accomplished together. Together is the only way to continue to sustain Family Readiness to the highest degree possible, thus enhancing unit readiness.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I appreciate those that have nominated me for this opportunity and I would be truly humbled, honored and grateful to serve as the Military Spouse of the Year. If afforded this prestigious opportunity, I would use this great platform to heighten Family Readiness and Family Sponsorship. I am currently participating in a working group with United States Army Garrison Rheinland-Pflaz Army Community Service, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, and 7th Mission Support Command in what I think is on its way to becoming the best Army Family Sponsorship program I have seen in 24 years. I hope to share this influential sponsorship program with the entire military community. Thank you!
Reasons for nominating:
Bonnie Jones is being nominated for this award because of her continued contribution to the Rhineland-Pfalz Silver Warrant Officer Chapter and her community. Bonnie Jones’ actions irrefutably personify the character traits of the Spouse of the Year award while fully embodying all Army Values. The level of caring and personal touch that epitomized Sara Consiglio are unmistakably replicated by Bonnie Jones via deeds above words. Bonnie Jones’ herculean volunteer efforts encompassed over 650 hours of her time in the last year in support of not only Warrant Officer functions, but also a deluge of other events within the local community. Her influence on other Warrant Officer Spouses and beyond has had a direct impact on the increased resiliency throughout the community via exceptional volunteer and mentorship efforts through different organizations on and off post. Bonnie Jones volunteered on Thanksgiving Day to cook meals for over 50 Wounded Warriors with the USO in support of Landstuhl Medical Hospital. She has repeatedly sponsored a torrent amount of new Families in the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz and Ramstein communities; at times on very short notice. She has donated personal tools, time, resources and talent to local women’s shelter and orphanage enhancing occupants living quarters and morale. -- CW2 Melanie Locklear, Friend
She is an outstanding activist within the military community. She volunteers her time unscrupulously and still finds the time to work a full time job and manage the needs of her family. -- Kenya Plotnick, Friend
Bonnie is the wife of a CW5 but never for one minute would you think that. She has the kindest. warmest and biggest heart. She will go out of her way to include spouses of low ranking service members. Bonnie came to the unit and helped to get the FRG running and now has outstanding participation. From that she created a bimonthly coffee group which at first was just to include spouses of E7 and above against her vote. Soon, because of her selflessness it was opened to all ranks as well as the weekly book club that she set into place. Her amazingness does not stop there, Every time a spouse had a baby in the unit she would visit them in the hospital and bring a gift, If someone needed a ride to the airport, Bonnie would happily take them the 3 hour round trip at no cost to them. If you were just having a rough time she would show up with flowers and sit and talk to you. This woman far exceeds the definition of friend. Countless activities that we did, she often came out of pocket without blinking an eye. Bonnie has never complained. Her three children are just as selfless and amazing as she is. She will learn your children's name and their likes and dislikes and have surprises for them at family events. She would remember their birthdates, if you had an important meeting coming up, even if it was weeks away, she would contact you the night before to offer kind words or encouragement. Bonnie is truly happy for everyone's individual success. She is the pillar of any community. -- Keary Riddick, Fellow Military Spouse