Laurie Burk

laurie burk

Branch: Air Force

Duty Station: Moody-AFB

Number of Deployments: 2

Number of PCS's: 3

About the nominee: I have been happily married to a SMSgt for 10 years. I'm a 3rd Grade teacher at Berrien Elementary in Nashville, Georgia. I am volunteering a Second year as Key Spouse for our squadron which is currently deployed. I've worked for DODDs as a Teacher on our last two bases. Last year I was Key Spouse,of the Year for the 820th Base Defense Group and the 93rd AGOW.

Hobbies: I truly enjoy traveling. Our experiences overseas both at Aviano and at Sembach, created such interesting adventures. I'm constantly researching new places to visit here near our current duty station.

Interesting Facts: I would love to be able to jump out of a plane with my Airborne husband !! Maybe....one day?!

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Every Spouse has been asked at least once, "I just don't know how you do it?" Well, we don't always know either. We love our service members. That's what we know for sure. I've learned that it's ok for spouses to experience the roller coaster of emotions that comes with deployments or frequent moves. I've learned that we don't always feel brave, excited, or flexible. But I understand now that these emotions pass when we accept them, and find ways to cope and move forward. As military spouses we need to ask for help or offer it when it's needed.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? On our current base, frequent deployments and the stestressors they can cause on families are real issues. Some of our families are on their 4th or 5th deployment here at this station. I would love to be able to bring their experiences to a larger platform for discussion.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? The best part of being in this lifestyle is the simple fact that I now have friends that I hold dear spread all around the world. They are diverse and interesting people from all walks of life. I would have never known the differences they have made to me if the Air Force wasn't my husband's profession.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I would love to continue to work with Host Nation partners to develop ways to foster community connections. Our squadron collected and sent school supplies to a village near my husband's current deployment in Africa. I would also love to help squadrons strengthen their Key Spouse Programs to make them more effective. For example, I created a Continuity program here at our squadron .

Reasons for nominating:

Laurie has been an amazing mentor to so many spouses. No matter what is going on she is there to pitch in and help out. She is definitely spouse of the year material. -- Stephanie Wainscott, Friend