Alexis and her husband, William, met in the summer of 2010. She was a rising junior in high school and he was a rising senior. They didn’t immediately hit it off, but eventually became best friends. They began dating fall that year and got married seven years later. William always had an interest in flying planes ever since he got to fly one of his neighbor’s when he was only 13. One day he woke up and decided that he wanted to go for it. It was a bit more difficult for him to get a pilot slot because he never went to an academy nor did he do ROTC in college. He took a lot of tests and did well and ultimately was given a pilot slot. He left for OTS September 2016 and graduated two months later. He moved to Laughlin AFB in December and they got married in March of this year so she could be with him during UPT. Alexis and William are currently stationed at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas with their two cats, Waldo and Bear.
Advice for Finding Jobs
Alexis graduated with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and continued her education in London in patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu.
“When I first moved to Del Rio, I was really determined to find a job. It’s really discouraging when you keep applying to places and going on interviews and still not getting the job. Del Rio is a small town so it makes it pretty difficult to find a job here. I’m currently not looking for a job anymore and I spend a lot of time volunteering on base. I also joined a couple of different clubs that connect military spouse members.”
Advice on Being Apart
“We haven’t experienced any deployments yet, but we have spent long periods of time apart. My best advice is keep yourself busy. Before I joined him at Laughlin, I had one full time job and a part time job so I was working about 50 hours every week, if not more. I also went the gym for an hour every night. Once you get into a routine the time goes by fast. Also, don’t be afraid to open up to people about it, talk to other spouses who have experienced deployments or maybe talk to a therapist and just make sure you take the time to communicate to your spouse when you’re able too. Communication is key.”
Alexis’ favorite part of being a military spouse is the community. “Like I said before Del Rio is a small town but the people I have met here are amazing.”
And the most important lesson that she has learned throughout their relationship is to be supportive of one another.
Thank you for your service, William and thank YOU for your Alexis!