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r cpm&at rCTw TMtouoK tocima World's Best Mother Please see story, Page 19. Hilltop Times May 10, 1991 Week recognizes U w military spouses, honors vital role k I I J J ' JlfamM r w i )) :.-f- y Mrs. Thompson shares the concerns all spouses have regarding the uncertainty and challenges they face knowing their spouses have an important mission and that they could be called away at a moment's notice. "Mobility and change are a part of every military family's life. Our spouses are asked to be away a lot more. We are asked to accept the dual roles of mother and father sometimes. We need to be strong to play this dual role, but spouses prove they can do it all the time," she said. She is very proud of the hundreds of base volunteers. During the recent Angel Awards presentation recognizing the base's top volunteers, she said, "I'm proud of the contributions our active duty and retired military members and their spouses make to the base and our community." Mrs. Thompson said that the advantage of being a military spouse is that it gives her the opportunity to be involved with her husband's work, whereas the world outside the military doesn't always ask a wife to participate or be part of the team. "The military gets two for the price of one," she said. "The wife is asked to be a true partner." She said many men and women went to war for the first time recently and their spouses had to form a support team to help each other. Suggestions Workers earn cash for ideas A - J .. v Y" t ' ' ' - " y: r 7 vv Diana Wiggins I don't think it would change outside of the military. COMMENTARY "The military members of Desert Storm did beautifully, and we are proud of them. Their spouses did well at handling those dual roles forced upon them with little or no notice. I am also very proud of how our community pulled together. This clearly points out that we are an Air Force family," she said. One of the advantages of being in the military is that children gain a broader perpective of life. "While it can be difficult on children to uproot them from school and activities, it has given our children a better view of what life is like around the world The Thompand made them more of children. two are sons the parents grown "It doesn't matter what rank your military sponsor is, we are all on the same team, facing the same challenges every day. We have a built-ibonding system available to us. We have a chance to make a significant difference in how our military service members face their daily jobs. We know that the Air Force values our spouses' contributions very much." well-rounded- ." military Retired MSgt. "Bo" Beauregard knows what it's like to be in the military as well to be a military spouse. His wife, MSgt. Sandy Gorman, is the first sergeant of the 1881st Communications-Compute- r Systems Group. Mr. Beauregard retired last year after a career in the Air Force. He met his wife while stationed in England about eight years ago and they have been married for eight months. Mr. Beauregard is presently a junior at Weber State University, majoring in electrical engineering. He said the biggest challenge he faces is juggling time between school and home. "We work together and there's a lot of give and take," he said. Mr. Beauregard said that one of the advantages of having his wife in the military is that it has required him to become more involved as a father and as a husband. "I'm more involved with the kids, where they go, and with their homework. I'm more focused on the children and parenting," he said. life. The time is always full, but "It's a quick-pace20-ye- d Federal Vomcn Events highlight week v. . Cherie Thompson and Angelica Bo knows V - 4Bo' Beauregard vv t 1""''''" -- j" - i , ' n Challenges V I. f if by Marilu A. Trainor Ogden ALC Office of Public Affairs Today is Military Spouse Day one day set aside each year to recognize the contributions made by spouses to the armed services and their missions. But events in recent months have proven that military spouses should be recognized every day. The role of the military spouse has always been important butnot widely publicized. Because of the high visibility military families received during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, citizens throughout the world now have a better understanding of what military spouses accomplish daily. Military spouses represent a microcosm of society. They are men and women married to service members of the active duty, reserve and National Guard. Many still proudly call themselves military spouses long after their sponsor have retired. They represent every ethnic group and have served around the world as companions to their spouses. At Hill, we are fortunate to get to know the spouses of military members from other countries as well. Above all, we share a unique bonding that many of our civilian counterparts envy. We are called a military spouse. Being a military spouse brings an individual many challenges and multiple rewards. No matter whether you have been a spouse for only a few months or for many years, you should feel proud of your role in your nation's defense. Cherie Thompson is the wife of Maj. Gen. Dale W. Thompson Jr., commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center. She has been a military spouse for more than 30 years and says she loves it. The couple met in Colorado while he was attending the Air Force Academy. The Air Force has changed quite a bit since those early days, she says. "The Air Force has made tremendous strides to recognize the important contributions made by spouses and families. Many positive changes have occurred and came as a result of spouse panels suggesting what can be done to improve military lifestyles," Mrs. Thompson said. 15 ar I'm satisfied with the balance," he said. His advice to new spouses for adjusting to the military is to understand what it will be like before they start out. "They need to understand to always give and take and that there must be open communication between the spouses. Both of them should have both long- - and short-tergoals and help each other achieve them," he said. Diana Wiggins is one of the many spouses who e career with the role successfully combines a of a military wife. She is the volunteer resource coordinator at the Family Support Center. She is married to TSgt. Peter J. Wiggins, 6545th Test Group. He is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the weapons section. They are the parents of two teenage daughters. m full-tim- Adventure Mrs. Wiggins proudly says, "My father was in the Air Force and I haven't known any other way of living for 35 years. I love the travel, meeting new people and the adventures we have as a military family." She attributes many of these great experiences to being involved with the Family Support Center wherever she has lived. She said that being a military spouse forced her to become more versatile. "I have to be able to do different jobs because I am often both mom and dad. I'm a She said she has had to sell and set and property, up operate their home during her husband's many temporary duty absences. "I know I am more independent and I know that I am a better American because I have lived in different countries and have grown to appreciate our lifestyle. It has enabled me to become a better person and wife," she said. Military Spouse Day has been celebrated since 1984. This year, however, it is even more important to recognize the many talents of military spouses. Their loyalty, endurance and courage are vital elements of he Air Force's capacity for mission success. I salute all of you and I am proud to be one, too. self-supportin- g. Editor's note: Mrs. Trainor is the Richard F. Trainor, director, 1881st Small business Hill office helps small contractors C-CS- wife of Col.