Duty Station: Fort-Wainwright
Number of Deployments: 2
Number of PCS's: 2
About the nominee: I am a wife of four years and a soon to be mother of two. I have a 2 year old daughter and also work for Family Child Care (FCC) on post teaching children to learn through play and throughout our day. I am currently working on completing my bachelors degree in Business Management with a minor in Human Resources. Lastly, During my free time I help out at my church and with the needs of the company family readiness group (FRG).
Hobbies: I love to think I am creative, I like to take pottery lessons and play outside when the weather permits. I also like to volunteer and help others on my free time. The benefit of working with children is that I get to bake and do crafts with others.
Interesting Facts: I have a strangely unique passion for finding things others do not know about and helping them with even the smallest tasks with the resources available to them. I always think I am unprepared and in reality am usually over prepared.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? I have learned that planning is pointless and you need to be ready at all times just like the soldiers for any struggle coming your way. You also need to be prepared to accept being outside of your comfort zone. The fact you cannot do anything about the changes the Army brings you but look at them optimistically. In order to thrive you need to connect with the right people and personally work with others especially during deployments and times of need.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? In my opinion change is one of the most important issues facing military families. Single soldiers suffer from change as well so it is not only the families who need to be noticed and need to be helped with any stress or mental health issues. Change is hard for a single soldier who has very little support as well as a spouse who is forced to move away from their current support system and learn to thrive in a new area. It is even tough for a spouse of a retired veteran or one with post traumatic stress disorder. We are all fighting battles and in many different ways.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The best aspect of being in a military family is the fact you will always have a family anywhere you find yourself. Even after our spouses retire we will have forever friends in different location. When you open yourself up to meeting people who are willing to help you in a pinch you can meet and learn some of the most amazing things.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? My main objective would be to educate families coming into the military as well as families leaving the military. New spouses need someone to help them in the right direction just as much as a soldier who needs a sponsor at their receiving duty station. Some of the support systems are severely over looked because soldiers and spouses are afraid to ask for help.
Reasons for nominating:
Because she has endless energy while being pregnant n running a home and day care and volunteering and going to college for her master's and does it All with a smile on her face -- Susan Deslongchamps, Family