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NEWS | May 22, 2013

Military spouses honored at JB Charleston - Air Base

By Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The Airman and Family Readiness Center at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, along with the Air Base Chapel and other off-base agencies, opened their doors to celebrate and honor military spouses with cake, punch and a resiliency class in recognition of Military Spouse Month May 16, 2013.

"It was meant to be a day of recognizing our spouses for their important support roles as well as giving them recognition for their sacrifices they make every day," said Kaitlyn Zito, Joint Base Charleston Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist.

During the event, spouses arrived and were given time to network and enjoy cake and punch. The A&FRC put together a special video tribute to capture all the sacrifices they make and a master resiliency trainer came in and provided the gathering with valuable resiliency information.

"It is important to recognize and appreciates everything military spouses do," said Zito. "We recognize the role military spouse's play in the success of the overall mission."

Reta Mills, JB Charleston Airman and Family Readiness Center Exceptional Family Member coordinator, not only recognizes the military spouse's role, but has been one for more than two decades.
"I have been a military spouse for 22 years and I am proud of the vital role I and so many other spouses play in the overall mission," said Mills. "I have loved my time as a military spouse and feel that it has provided me with invaluable experiences that have helped me grow as a person. Most importantly, I have enjoyed the camaraderie and have made countless lifetime friends!"

According to Zito, the event was very successful because the spouses were engaged and able to network with each other. Additionally, they had an opportunity to walk away with newly acquired resiliency skills.

"Those military spouses that attended experienced a block of uninterrupted time from the demands of their military lifestyles," said Zito. "They were able to share like experiences, and to learn that there are resources and services available to them for self-improvement opportunities. In turn, they can share their knowledge with new spouses coming on board and lend assistance to them."

If you are a military spouse and interested in getting involved in future events, register for a class or additional information, call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 963-4406.