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If you or someone you know would like to the ranks of these elite empowerment champions, nominate an individual for Everyday Empowerment or a charitable organization for AWN Empowers. She has two children, Owen and Olivia, and a black Labrador named Bailey. Jessica resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she has converted from a warm-weather beach lover, to now cherish the mountains and cooler weather although the deal in the Hall family is that she gets to travel back to the east coast at least once a year to dip her toes in the ocean.
Jessica is not only an Army spouse, but also a full-time mama to two amazing children, part-time homeschool mom, and part-time Pediatric Occupational Therapist. She also enjoys serving at her church, where she le a small group for military spouses called Wives of Warriors. She loves dark chocolate, crafting, running, and exploring Colorado with her family. She is grateful for the adventures that the Army has provided and hopes to encourage other military spouses on their journeys as well. They believed in me, far greater than I believed in myself.
Winning the MRE award means so much to me because I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that is so deeply interested in the needs of the military spouse and military family journey. There is such a desire to impart an attitude of hope, resilience, perseverance, and strength throughout the community. AWN has not only empowered me to believe in myself, but reminded me that courage, which can be hidden in times of struggle, is already within me.
Sometimes, we need the support of others to act on that courage and because of that support, our community is one of the bravest I know. Marryn tied the knot to her best friend and most beloved Infantryman, William, at the end of Following the wedding, this east coast native made the trek to their current duty station in Fort Bliss, Texas, where she assumed the title of Army spouse and jumped right in to all it has to offer.
She is an alumna of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, where her love for leadership and service ignited her involvement in community outreach, philanthropic causes, and chapter leadership. Marryn enjoys working out, traveling, a good brunch, quality time with friends and family, enneagrams she is a type 1 , and a fulfilling day of organizing. She can often be found with a coffee in hand and listening to her favorite podcast, Crime Junkie. Marryn is excited to serve as the Special Projects Coordinator for AWN and hopes to empower fellow military spouses throughout their military tenure.
Katharina met her husband in , while he was stationed in Germany. After their first deployment as a married couple, they received their first orders to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After recovering from a culture shock, Katharina started her college journey.
In her free time, Katharina loves to explore the outdoors and travel. She loves reading books and playing board games with her family. Stormy has been very active on AWN social media s, and we wanted to take a moment to recognize her. I am often on different s and posts trying to offer support and advice in any way I can. I believe that spouses should be a pillar for those who are thinking about or have recently tied themselves to a service member.
Chandee has been married to her husband for almost 20 years. He has served in the Navy and will be retiring from the Army in two years. Between military service, he serves as a police officer and Emergency Medical Services EMS worker, which is where they met. She walked away from EMS and worked in a hospital for a while, and then when he went active duty and deployed, she stayed home with her children. At the time, they had a premature baby at home who needed someone to be with him. That is a long story for another time. Their nomadic family of five has spent the past 16 years visiting as many countries as they can.
In her free time, Anna writes, dabbles in art and photography, and homeschools her two seriously cool kids. She just made the big decision to quit 16 years of corporate marketing and program management to strike out on her own. NomadAbout offers copywriting, web de, and social media strategies for small businesses. You can find her on social media by looking for iamnomadabout. When Kimberly became an Army spouse in , and then a mom in , she exchanged an office with a view for a life of adventure.
Currently, Kimberly is the Operations Director of InDependent , a non-profit whose mission is to make wellness accessible to all military spouses. She is also the managing editor of Legacy Magazine , a print publication celebrating military families and the communities that support them.
Additionally, Kimberly is an experienced registered yoga teacher and a lifelong vegetarian who can often be found traveling off the beaten path with her husband, daughter, and miniature poodle. Anika has been a milspouse since January and has been married to her husband, David, for two years. College Station, Texas, is her hometown, and she has been stationed in Fort Bliss since November She believes the most exciting part of being a military spouse is meeting so many new people. Although Anika and David do not have any children, she recently became a dog mom to two adorable puppies.
Anika believes that she owes all her blessings to God and is at peace knowing that He is watching out for us. She has been married to her soldier since , and he deployed a month after they were married. Although he is home now, the deployment gave her a new perspective about military life, and she is on a mission to connect those that feel disconnected within the military community.
Newell and her husband enjoy swing dancing, playing music together, nights out on the town in Kansas City, traveling, and attending arts performances, which just happens to be how they met. Malissa is a year Navy spouse who has been stationed at Fort Bragg for 11 years. She has been the military outreach coordinator at Cape Fear Regional Theatre and the lead instructor for the Passport to Playwriting and Performance classes that are offered free of charge to military children attached to Fort Bragg, all thanks to the generosity of The North Carolina Arts Council and The Rea Charitable Trust.
She deals with a medical issue that could keep her down, but she finds a way to push through. Recently, her husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. While working as the outreach coordinator for Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, NC, she was also in the production of Shrek the Musical and continually brings her contagious enthusiasm to all she does.
Malissa is the picture of acceptance, perseverance, humor, and courage. Hire Heroes USA has helped more than 40, veterans, service members, and their spouses achieve financial security, as well as their professional goals. While the unemployment rate for veterans has decreased over the last several years, unfortunately many veterans and service members face underemployment and other employment issues when they transition to civilian life.
Angie considers herself lucky and blessed to be an Army spouse. They met in Florida, which is great because she loves the beach. She also loves writing, a good laugh, a good friend, and a good book. Angie has some serious favorite things like food macaroni and cheese and music Tom Petty , and she loves to work out on the elliptical machine. With a degree in elementary education from the University of Central Florida, she had the honor of teaching for seven years before PCSing. Angie is thrilled to be a part of the AWN community. Annie was born and raised outside of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and met her husband in Alexandria, Virginia, more than 10 years ago.
She is also a first-time mom and has experienced some adventurous moves as a military spouse. Annie has a passion for event planning. In fact, she used to own her own event planning business, where she served in multiple roles for large events and has managed multiple events for an economic development organization.
She loves reading the cute memes on Instagram and visiting the website for articles. Sheila has been a milspouse for more than 20 years and served in the SFRG for five. She currently works in banking and has been a Mary Kay consultant for 20 years. She has also worked in health care and has made jewelry. One of the things she has learned as a military spouse and as a military brat is to bloom where you are planted.
She has had that affirmation hanging on her mirror everywhere she has lived and she has moved a lot. Emily is a genuine person and yet she is very humble. Amber is originally from Colony, Kansas, and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This allowed Amber the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom, and during that time, she graduated from college, started the Camp Humphreys Mom Meetup, and hosted the Camp Humphreys spouses social. Amber also has a home-based business that she started. Originally from Vermont with his family going back seven generations, Scot currently resides in the Bavarian region of Germany with his wife and three children.
In the 15 years with his wife, he has lived in Washington, D. Scot loves to travel and has visited all 50 states. He has visited 20 countries so far and is planning on visiting all 27 EU member nations. Brittany married her sweetheart in October The couple met in college, and although they endured a long-distance relationship, they stuck it out for three years.
Their relationship would go through two years of long-distance dating and a nine-month deployment. However, Brittany was able to finish her degree in cinematic art and technologies with an emphasis in radio and broadcasting. She even landed her dream job at her hometown radio station! During that time, she sent loving care packages to her sweetheart, all while dreaming up the perfect wedding. Following the wedding, the couple moved across the country from California to Georgia, where they are currently stationed. With PCS orders already in hand, the couple is ready to set off on their next adventure.
Shamberly exemplifies empowerment as a military spouse and mother. She inspires us to be more empowered military spouses and always face challenges with an attitude of courage, honesty, and problem-solving. Her quiet leadership, genuine spirit, and kindhearted approach to life always leaves people and places better off than when she arrived. Shamberly is a multitalented and courageous milspouse. Just Moved Ministry was established in and is a non-profit global organization that offers spiritual and emotional resources for women who have moved or are facing other life transitions.
Just Moved was recognized for reaching out to women all over the world in numerous ways. It offers classes and emotional support for those that have been uprooted by a transition or PCS, and it uses Facebook and Instagram to help women connect, share experiences, and encourage one another. Additionally, the organization helped some spouses with their Operation Hope for the Uprooted Military Woman program, which provides video teaching sessions of their After the Boxes Are Unpacked study, as well as books for the Bible study for military spouses who have moved.
Just Moved Ministry resources are used by military installations, churches, neighborhoods, seminaries, and corporations that recognize the need to encourage the uprooted woman and her family. She is native to Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago region. She is a graphic deer and illustrator who graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Fine Arts. Brittney is an advocate for sustainable, clean gardening and has volunteered with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms network in the past. Renee is originally from Syracuse, New York, and met her husband while he was stationed nearby at Fort Drum.
They married in and have four amazingly busy children together: a 6-year-old son and toddler triplets! Before having children, she obtained her business administration degree, but now has a passion for learning about holistic healing and energy therapy and hopes to receive her certification in massage therapy once the family relocates back stateside.
Currently, the McLaughlin family lives in Germany. They have enjoyed traveling and showing their children a simpler and slower pace of life. So far, they have explored 16 countries, and they look forward to continuing to add more in the future. She runs her own business as a personal health and fitness coach and acts as an avenue for information and support for women looking into infertility options while living overseas.
Renee is a proud Army spouse in the sense that she credits the Army for pushing her out of her comfort zone to become a source of strength, consistency, and comfort to her family, friends, and community.
If you have any questions about infertility, living overseas, having multiples, or interested in getting your health and fitness on track in the comfort of your home, contact her on Facebook and Instagram. Marissa Wentling and her husband have been on this Army journey for 13 years.
She loves being in her community because it allows her to see where the actual struggles are as military families transition in and out, and it gives her a chance to learn something new every time they meet a new family, whether over social media, , or in person. Marissa shares that we can not alway fix everything, but we can lend a hand. All who know her love and respect her, and I absolutely adore her. She is a huge inspiration to me personally and has no idea. I am honored to have her among us.
She is a friend, a talented photographer, a fierce mom to talented girls, and a phenomenal military spouse. Jen is vibrant, even now during her battle with cancer, and despite it all, she is still a leader, positive role model, and a real example of what it means to be a woman…in the huge span of our role as military spouses.
She has gone through chemo with tenacity, grit, and grace. She is truly a fighter beloved by a huge community. Sarah is a journalist from southern Pennsylvania currently living in the Midwest. She lives with her husband of more than 11 years, three children, one very spoiled Dachshund, and a cat who leaves a dusting of white fur on just about everything. She began a career in journalism with The Fort Polk Guardian , an Army installation newspaper, winning three state awards for her work. When she can carve the time into her schedule, she writes about parenting, travel, books, and politics on her website, Keep It Peachey.Army wife meme
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