This week’s Woman With Wings is Alexandra! She has been married to her husband, Cody, and part of the Air Force family for four years now. With two bases already under their belts, they recently found out that they will be heading north for their next adventure with the Air Force in Duluth, Minnesota. Alexandra is a former teacher turned stay-at-home momma to their precious baby, Ella. She stays very active in the squadron community and loves working out with fellow mommas in the area at Stroller Strides! Her biggest piece of advice for military spouses- support your spouse in every way possible and keep a positive mindset.
Laughlin- Laughlin AFB is truly a hidden gem. Although it is tucked away on the border of a small town and missing some of the big city amenities we all love, the community of Laughlin made my husband and I fall in love with the Air Force life. UPT is known to be one of the hardest and most stressful times in a pilot’s career which was nothing short but true, however our close knit community made the UPT experience one of a kind. Everyone lives on base and so our weekends were filled with bonfires and get togethers. Our time here will always be remembered fondly!
Luke- Unlike Laughlin, Luke AFB is close to everything! Shopping, entertainment, the airport, restaurants, the list goes on. The Phoenix heat is no joke but bearable. We have absolutely loved our short time here and the friends we have made. We wish we could stay a little bit longer.
I haven’t experienced a deployment yet but I know our time is coming. I hope to use this time to travel and visit our families.
Advice for Finding Jobs
Before having my daughter I was a teacher while stationed at Laughlin. Being a teacher there was a wonderful experience and really helped me to feel a connection to the community. My best advice would be if you want to work, go in head first and do not worry about how long you will be there. Unfortunately, in this life we move often which means we change jobs just as often. On the plus side, this enables us to never “settle” in to a job because right when you might be feeling burnt out, it is time to move on.
Favorite Part About Being a Military Spouse
My favorite part being a military spouse is I feel like we are on a forever adventure. We have the opportunity to live in places we may have never even considered, meet and become friends with people from all over the world, and experience different cultures. Moving every few years and being away from family is not easy but our new experiences and friendships make it worth it.
Most Important Lesson Learned
The most important lesson I have learned is to support my husband in every way I can and to keep a positive mindset. It is very easy to be afraid of the unknown and the constant changes military life brings, however staying positive and by my spouse’s side has turned any fear I may have into another adventure to look forward to.
Thank you for your service, Cody & thank YOU for yours, Alex!