Branch: National Guard
Duty Station: Ohio
Number of Deployments: 2
Number of PCS's: 0
About the nominee: I have been married to a soldier in the National Guard for almost 12 years and am a stay-at-home mom of 4 children. Our oldest was born right before my husband deployed to Iraq, and our third was born during his deployment to Afghanistan, where he watched the birth via Skype. Three of our children have had years of speech, occupational, and physical therapies and other appointments, which has taught me about the struggles and joys of special needs families. Our military community is important so I enjoy the Family Readiness Groups, from volunteering in a leadership role over the years to attending as a family member new to the units my husband cross-leveled to for deployments.
Hobbies: I like reading, volunteering, shooting sports, and history.
Interesting Facts: I enjoy trying self-sufficient skills, such as gardening, canning, raising chickens, and sewing, which vary as time allows. The WWII Home Front fascinates me and this is a way I can try to personally bridge the present with the past.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? After becoming a military spouse, I better understand and appreciate the sacrifices that our service members and their families make to defend and preserve our freedom.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? Building relationships in the military community is very important, because being better connected helps with everything from family support to unit readiness.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? One of the best aspects of being in a military family is being part of a proud lineage. Military families have gone before us and military families will continue after us, and we all share in the same story.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I would like to advocate for strong military communities. Whether someone lives next door to military families on a base or lives 1000 miles away from another family in a National Guard or Reserve unit, all military families, and service members, can benefit from having opportunities to be better connected.
Reasons for nominating:
I am nominating Elizabeth because of her unmatched commitment to both her family and the military community. She is a full time mom of 4 along with her position of FRG secretary. She puts in countless hours to provide the best extended family with he FRG that I have ever been affiliated with. Elizabeth is supportive, compassionate, and a true inspiration to everyone she meets. Elizabeth provides a positive atmosphere for her husband to come home too after all military functions and transitions with civilian life. She is also strongly affiliated with the USO and creates the perfect atmosphere for both her husband and children to grow with the military community. I believe Elizabeth is most worthy of this nomination. -- Breann Wise, Fellow Military Spouse