kashieem averill

Branch: Army

Duty Station: Fort-Gordon

Number of Deployments: 5

Number of PCS's: 6

About the nominee: My name is Kashieem, but I go by Kash. I have been married to my wonderful husband Erik for 23years and we have twin boys Alex and Ian. Early in my marriage, I became very active in the Family Readiness Groups, which helped me become a Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA). I have been a FRSA for 11 years and I have to tell you I LOVE Military families. I get great joy out of what I do and I love my job. Readiness Support Assistant for 11 years and I have to tell you I LOVE Military families. I get great joy out what I do and I love my job.

Hobbies: I love to volunteer garden and go to the movies.

Interesting Facts: I'm a foodie

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? When I am having a hard time, I can always turn to my fellow spouses, because I know one of them has gone through the same thing and can help me.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? When you are moving to a new duty station, finding the right school for you child.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? You get to make lifelong friendships with some amazing military families.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I want to bring light to the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). I have two kids with special needs, that have been a part of the program for 13 years and this program has help us out tremendously. Our family has struggled sometimes with services in the schools and I can always go or call the EFMP office no matter what duty stationed we are at and get the support needed to make sure our kids are successful in school and life.

Reasons for nominating:

For over 23 years, we have grown in the Army together and have both been through a lot. Multiple deployments, duty stations, and the likes are the norm for us all, but Kashieem has always served as hard (or harder) than I have at every opportunity. As a family readiness support assistant, she has dealt with the worst there is to see from war and assisted those affected as well as her command deal with that pain. She is always supporting the families of those we serve alongside and the military communities in which we serve through her volunteerism. Through all this, she has managed raising our twin boys (both EFMP) into the great young men they have become, which in itself has been a great challenge. Sometimes, I feel like I am the one who has it “easy” since I get to go out and do what I love while she gets the opportunity to stay behind and hold everything together. Those that know her might not see it, but she is one of the strongest people you will ever know. -- Erik Averill, Family