We’re so excited to have Angela as this week’s Woman With Wings! Angela has been married to her husband, Phillip, for two years now. They are currently stationed at their second base, Luke AFB, in Glendale, Arizona with their sweet baby girl while he completes Viper B-course. Angela is not only a great mom to baby Adeline but she also stays very busy working full time as a data analyst for a basic apparel corporation.
Advice on Bases
Columbus AFB in Columbus, MS, was our first base and our first home together for a quick UPT and IFF assignment. Our second is Luke AFB in Phoenix, AZ, for the B-course in the F-16. Both will be relatively quick assignments but both also provide strong community support because there are many other people and spouses going through the same process and the same challenges.
Columbus is a hard town to adjust to but it was very easy for us to connect with other students and spouses because there is so little to do in the town. You have to create your own fun in Columbus!
Phoenix is almost the complete opposite! It is a huge city with lots to do and the first small glimpse of life in the Air Force. Phoenix has a great housing market and, generally speaking, your BAH can get you a house off-base with a pool.
If you are able to find a position that will let you work remotely, hang on to it. These opportunities are definitely more common than they used to be but they are not on every corner. Also, browsing spouse Facebook pages for job opportunities or posting to ask for job advice would be a good idea. If I need a babysitter or photographer, I usually first go to those Facebook pages so I can help a fellow spouse.
Favorite Part about Being a Military Spouse/Significant Other
This is a hard question to answer. I love getting to be with the man that I love and so that is ultimately my favorite part of being a military spouse. But second to that, I have really enjoyed the travel and the friendships that I have formed in the few places we have lived. The fighter community (like other communities, I’m sure) is very tight knit and welcoming. So far, it has been fairly easy to make connections and friendships because we are all in the same boat, going through the same training and challenges.
Most Important Lessons You Have Learned Throughout Your Relationship
Trying to fully understand my husband’s job and all the acronyms he uses is pretty difficult and I never thought that I would learn as much as I have. But it is really nice to understand the majority of it so that I can actually give relevant input at the end of the day. So I would suggest trying to learn about all those seemingly annoying acronyms and other jargon. Also, don’t get discouraged because it is going to take a while to feel comfortable with it all.
Thank you for your service Phil, and thank YOU for yours Angela!