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Brandy Conyers

brandy conyers

Branch: Army

Duty Station: Fort-Irwin

Number of Deployments: 2

Number of PCS's: 4

About the nominee: I am a wife of seven years and a mother of two children, a 6 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. I am also a Registered Nurse with a Master’s degree in Nursing Education. Bedside nursing is my true passion, but I have put that on hold temporarily to better serve the needs of the families within my FRG.

Hobbies: I love to be creative. I am guilty of spending my fair share of hours perusing Pinterest in search of new crafts to do. I love paper crafts, vinyl crafts and cross stitching. I also love to bake and read!

Interesting Facts: I am the most organized messy person you will ever meet. My life and house can best be described as an organized chaos. I have a fascination for bins and baskets and I spend hours making list and writing in my planner, but at the end of the day my floor, tables and all other surfaces will be covered with toys, bags, notebooks, etc. and I can’t blame that entirely on my children.

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Being a military spouse has taught me to step outside of my comfort zone. I am a shy person by nature. Shortly after my husband and I got married, we moved to Fort Rucker for flight school. I was a new Army wife in a new place and I stayed in my comfort zone. I did not get involved with the community and I did not try to make connections and because of that I suffered. Nearly eight years later, I can still say that it is something I struggle with, but stepping outside of my comfort zone and getting involved with the community and other military spouses has been a game changer for me personally.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? I think that one of the most important issues facing military families is stress and ultimately mental health. Service members and their spouses and children are at increased risk for mental health issues. What are typically considered normal life stressors are increased exponentially for military families who face multiple moves and separations.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The best aspect of being a military family is the sense of community. No matter where you are stationed there are always people to connect with. There is always another military family willing to help out in a pinch. I have made some of the best friends and acquaintances through the military; but what is truly amazing is that if I needed help, people I don’t know would be there to assist me. Military families are always there to serve their community and I wouldn’t trade this crazy life for anything.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? My main objective would be to educate military spouses and families about the resources they have available to them. There is an ever-growing network of resources available to military families. A majority of the time I tell military families about these resources; however, they have no knowledge of them. Education about these resources will help address the stressors that military families face, as well as serve a preventative measure for further issues.

Reasons for nominating:

Brandy is the ideal for what a military spouse should look like. She is in charge of the FRG and for the first time while my husband has been deployed I have felt immersed and informed thanks to Brandy. She is kind and welcoming and has been extremely supportive. -- Nicole Parise , Fellow Military Spouse

Brandy is the ideal for what a military spouse should look like. She is in charge of the FRG and for the first time while my husband has been deployed I have felt immersed and informed thanks to Brandy. She is kind and welcoming and has been extremely supportive. -- Nicole Parise , Fellow Military Spouse

Family Readiness Group Leader. Has helped my wife while I am deployed. She brought her care packages and organized a food train for her while she was recovering from the pregnancy and did not have time to cook and clean. Thank you Brandy. -- Ian Parise, Friend

Family Readiness Group Leader. Has helped my wife while I am deployed. She brought her care packages and organized a food train for her while she was recovering from the pregnancy and did not have time to cook and clean. Thank you Brandy. -- Ian Parise, Friend

Brandy is my FRG Leader and she continuously goes above and beyond what is expected of her volunteer position. Our husbands are currently deployed, and she makes sure to plan monthly events for the spouses who have stayed at Fort Irwin to keep morale high on the home front. She started an FRG Facebook page to push out updates to the spouses and families both near and far so that people do not ever feel out of the loop. She sets up meal trains for spouses who are having babies so they will have hot meals delivered upon their homecoming for a solid week. At the events, she regularly gives out homemade crafts that she has spent hours preparing (example: she made homemade ornaments with the company's crest and passed them out to everyone at the FRG Christmas party last month) to add a thoughtful, personal touch. She is loved and respected by everyone within our company and her hard work and dedication to the Flying Tiger family is definitely appreciated! I've been a military spouse for 11 years now, so I've seen my share of exceptional military spouses over the years; however, I truly cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than Brandy Conyers. Brandy IS the Military Spouse of the Year and definitely deserves to be recognized as such! -- Angie Hartman, Fellow Military Spouse

Mrs. Conyers currently serves as a Company Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader for B Co. 229th AVN REGT. She has volunteered over 1,000 hours in support of the FRG at multiple echelons. She single handedly planned and executed multiple fundraisers and events for the families of this company, especially in preparation for deployment. She worked tirelessly to prepare the families for deployment; collecting resources from various agencies, creating resources guides and providing efficient dissemination of information. During deployment, she has synchronized events with the Higher Headquarters, facilitated communication to the deployed Company Commander, and ensured that spouses that gave birth during deployment had support systems in place and hot meals delivered while they are transitioning into their home with newborns. She is always willing to help out her fellow spouses and FRG leaders and never hesitates to put the needs of others before her own. Brandy also serves on the Lewis Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Board as the Secretary. As Secretary, she has been responsible for recording minutes at all PTA meetings and creating a monthly newsletter for all the school families. She also worked with the District and state PTA to revise the PTA bylaws and has helped with many school events. Mrs. Conyers has also been on the Military and Civilian Spouses’ Club (MCSC) for three board years as the Newsletter Editor, disseminating information to all club members. She is in charge of ensuring all Flyers, Ads, MCSC events and local area events are neatly and creatively made into a newsletter for all current and prospective members. When she came on board, she redesigned the entire newsletter and created a functional distribution system that expanded the number of spouses and families reached. Brandy not only volunteered over 1200 hours in 2017, held three Volunteer positions, and ensured over 100 families were ready for deployment; she did so while raising two children and her husband deployed. I have never before witnessed such dedication and genuine care from a FRG leader, and she is truly loved and respected by every member within the unit. Mrs. Conyers truly deserves being nominated for her outstanding commitment, and should be selected as the Military Spouse of Year! -- Flores, Jason, Friend

She has continuously gone beyond FRG-leader requirements to organize and support the company that her husband commands. Not only does she take care of our FRG family while we are deployed, but she also take care of her two toddlers! She continuously amazes both my wife and I with both her organization skills and dedication to the FRG family. She is truly an amazing military spouse! -- Kyle Hartman, Friend

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